Victim Right to Review
Victim Right to Review was introduced by the Home Office in April 2015. A victim has the right to review when they are informed that the Police will take no further action with the investigation. The right to request a review will be under the following circumstances:
- It was a Police decision to take no further action.
- The offence is a recordable crime.
- Where a suspect has been identified and formally interviewed under caution or at a voluntary interview.
- No more than 3 months has lapsed since the victim was notified of the outcome of the investigation.
All reviews are to be conducted within 30 working days of receiving the initial request.
In addition, the Criminal Prosecution Service (CPS) has launched which makes it easier for victims to seek a review of a CPS decision not to bring charges or to terminate proceedings. Victims will be able to seek a review of decisions not to charge, to discontinue or otherwise terminate proceedings. Under this scheme victims can seek a review of the following CPS decisions:
- Not to charge
- To discontinue (or withdraw in the Magistrates' Court) all charges
- Offer no evidence.