MP Julian Huppert is today (Wednesday, March 4) supporting a move for the first ever Victims’ Bill of Rights.
The new legislation would set a framework for dealing with serious crime giving victims fairer treatment, guaranteed help and support and the right to legal advice.
It would also give courts power to suspend parents’ rights to supervise children if convicted of a serious violent offence against the other parent and gives victims the right to disclosures’ compensation and costs.
Proper training for all criminal justice professionals working with victims will be ensured.
The legislation is presented as a so-called 10 Minute Rule Bill in the Commons when permission will be sought to take it forward to Parliament and Julian is once of the co-sponsors of the Bill.
He said: “Victims should be at the centre of our criminal justice system but sometimes they have been left feeling confused and even ignored by the process.
“This new legislation would make sure that they are properly supported throughout and given information of all court and legal proceedings with the right to ask for a review if proceedings are dropped.
“If victims lose faith in our justice system crimes will not be reported and those responsible will be free to reoffend. This Victims’ Bill of Rights is long overdue.”