Victims of crime need to be believed not get a new law

RCoJHistorically victims have not been the focus of our criminal justice system. Criminal offences are outrages against the state and it is the state who brings a prosecution, not the victim.  For example, in a rape prosecution the defendant will have legal representation – his defence – but the prosecution speaks on behalf of the Crown not the victim. Victims have then often felt excluded by the criminal justice system and the Government want to introduce further measures to take account of the needs of victims. Continue reading