Crime: Victims

Attorney General written question – answered on 29th January 2015.

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Photo of Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Corbyn Labour, Islington North

To ask the Attorney General, how many victims have exercised the right to review a Crown Prosecution Service decision not to prosecute; and in how many of those cases the decision was changed.

Photo of Robert Buckland Robert Buckland The Solicitor-General

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Victims’ Right to Review scheme came into effect on the 5th June 2013. Between the date the scheme commenced and the 30th September 2014 the CPS reviewed 2,023 appeals of which 267 (13.2%) were upheld.

The number of decisions overturned represents a very small fraction of all the decisions made by CPS lawyers. During the period from 1st June 2013 to 30th September 2014, the CPS finalised 168,703 cases with a qualifying decision. This means that 0.16% of cases that would qualify under the scheme resulted in an upheld Appeal.

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