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Hertfordshire asks victims for views on CJS

Hertforshire are launching a survey to ask victims and witnesses for their views on the criminal justice system.

The survey, open until the end of July, looks to identify the experiences of the public with the police, CPS, the courts and victim services. 

It is for those who have reported a crime or been a victim of crime in the past two years. It can also be completed by parents or carers of children who have been victims. 

It comes as the recent national survey conducted by the Victims’ Commissioner found that only 43 per cent of victims would report their crime again and 83 per cent said that they no longer had confidence in the effectiveness of the CPS to prosecute those accused of a crime. 

The Hertfordshire Criminal Justice Board have said they are particularly keen to hear from those who have attended court as well as understanding how the Code of Practice for Victims has been applied. 

PCC David Lloyd has said: Criminal Justice Boards were set up to improve the delivery of justice, secure better outcomes for victims and witnesses, and increase public confidence in the system.

“The Covid pandemic has caused huge issues and delay for victims of crime. Part of my role is working to bring all agencies together to address these issues and to ensure victims get a better service.

“By  sharing your feedback, the Criminal Justice Board can get an accurate local picture of what the concerns are, then we can work to ensure future victims receive the support and justice outcomes they need.”

The survey can be accessed here.


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