Victim Personal Statements

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 20th December 2018.

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Photo of Darren Jones Darren Jones Labour, Bristol North West

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the guidance issued on the Victim's Code requires the reading out of victim personal statements in open court.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

There is no requirement for victims, or anyone else on their behalf, to read out a victim personal statement in open court. There is a presumption that a victim should be allowed to read their statement in full if they wish to do so. However, whether the statement is read in open court, who reads it, and which sections of the statement are read, is at the discretion of the trial judge. A Joint Agency Guide to the Victim Personal Statement provides practical advice for criminal justice practitioners who might be involved in the process. It is publicly available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/victim-personal-statement

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