Today, I asked a the Attorney General when the Government will fulfill its pledge to introduce a victims law.
The Attorney General promised that it will be introduced sometime during this parliament.
I believe that this is such an important issue as it will see victims kept informed about their case and courts will allow most to provide a personal impact statement.
At the moment, a victims’ code sets out guidance for courts, police and the probation service. The proposed law, which will be subject to a bill in the next Parliament, will enshrine several of its measures into legislation.
The code’s entitlement for victims to tell the sentencing judge and offender how a crime has impacted their life through a statement is among the measures that will become law.
The information service will include a helpline and website and aims to guide victims to support services.