Victims of crime to get "louder voice" in courts
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The Ministry of Justice has recently announced plans to give victims of crime the chance to read their Victim Personal Statement out in court.
The new, simple Victims' Code published at the end of last week will make sure that victims, like those sexually exploited by gangs, can choose to explain personally to the court how a crime has affected them physically, emotionally, financially or in any other way.
The judge will then take this into account when determining the sentence.
This has to be good news for victims of sexual crimes, who often feel that the system is stacked against them. Courts need to hear the real impact of these crimes on young lives and victims need to know that they are being heard. Criminal courts have long had the power to make abusers pay compensation to their victims, and I hope that this new Code makes that process more effective.
To read more about their plans visit the Ministry of Justice website.
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