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Victims of Crime

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 13 June 2006

29. To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what mechanisms are in place to ensure that victims of crime and their families have a voice in court proceedings. (76569)

The Government are currently piloting victims advocates at five Crown courts. The scheme allows the relatives of murder and manslaughter victims the choice to speak in court about the impact of the crime on them, after conviction and before sentence.