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Victims to gain right of review

14th June 2013

The head of the Crown Prosecution Service has launched a policy to allow complainants the right to ask prosecutors to look again at a case following a decision not to charge or to discontinue proceedings. The introduction of the scheme follows the judgment of the Court of Appeal in R v Killick (2011), in which the court stated “as a decision not to prosecute is in reality a final decision for a victim, there must be a right to seek a review of such a decision.” The court also ruled that reversing a decision could be compatible with a suspect’s rights. The policy is currently subject to public consultation.

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