The House of Commons has a real opportunity today to significantly improve the rights of victims in our criminal justice system.

For the first time, MPs will be able to vote for amendments to the police and crime bill that would go a long way to introducing a Victims’ Law.

The amendments would give legal teeth to the Victims’ Code, require proper training on victims’ rights, and provide for a “homicide review” for bereaved families where no one has been charged in relation to the offence or there has been an acquittal. These are simple but effective steps that would make a real difference to thousands of victims. And they will easily become law if the government backs them. So today is a test of the government’s resolve and their willingness to honour a manifesto commitment to introduce a Victims’ Law.

 

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