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A General Debate on Victims Strategy is scheduled for Thursday 11 October 2018.

There is a cross party consensus that reforms to the justice system are needed to meet victims’ needs better than it does currently.   In the run up to the 2015 and the 2017 General Elections, various political parties including the Conservatives promised legislation on victims’ rights.

Currently victims’ rights are set out in the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime. This sets out what victims should expect from various criminal justice agencies.

On 10 September 2018, the Government published its Victims Strategy which contains proposals to consult on a revised victims code and on the detail of victim-focused legislation and improve support for victims.

Labour has criticised the length of time it has taken the Government to produce the strategy and questioned where some of the funding will come from.

Further information

Ministry of Justice, Victims Strategy, 10 September 2018

Ministry of Justice press release, Justice Secretary unveils Victims Strategy, 10 September 2018

Rights of victims of crime, Commons Library debate pack CDP-2018-0066, 12 March 2018

A new victims’ law in England and Wales?, Commons Library briefing paper SN07139, 26 May 2016 


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