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Justice: Victims and Witnesses

Volume 718: debated on Tuesday 30 March 2010

Statement

My right honourable friend the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

I am today pleased to announce the appointment of Louise Casey as Commissioner for Victims and Witnesses.

The Victims’ Commissioner’s key objectives, as defined in the Coroners and Justice Act 2009, are to:

promote the interests of victims and witnesses;

encourage good practice in the treatment of victims and witnesses; and

keep under review the operation of the code of practice for victims.

Additionally, the Victims’ Commissioner will chair the Victims’ Advisory Panel.

The Victims’ Commissioner is an independent role appointed through an open recruitment exercise. Although this was not formally an Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA) process, the appointment was made in accordance with OCPA principles. The commissioner will make an annual report to the three criminal justice Ministers and will be accountable to Parliament as chair of the Victims’ Advisory Panel—victims of crime who advise Ministers on how we can do things better.