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Prosecutions: Northampton

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Solicitor-General in what proportion of prosecutions in Northamptonshire victim personal statements (a) formed part of the case files and (b) were shared with the court in the last 12 months. (212378)

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) does not retain data for the proportion of victim personal statements, which form part of the prosecution file or the proportion of victim personal statements which are shared with the court.

However, the CPS recognises the importance that victim personal statements can have to inform the decision to prosecute and the appropriate charges and the added value in providing victims of crime with an opportunity to inform the court about the impact the crime has had on their lives. Systems and procedures have been developed to ensure that victim personal statements are drawn to the courts attention. Additionally, under the CPS victim focus scheme, crown prosecutors play a key role in assisting bereaved families to prepare a victim personal statement.