West Yorkshire Police

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Victims' Right to Review (VRR)

The Victims’ Right to Review (VRR) scheme gives victims the right to request a review of a police decision not to prosecute a suspect.

Police VRR only applies to those cases in which a suspect has been identified and interviewed under caution, either following an arrest or by voluntary arrangement.  An ‘interview’ in this context relates to situations where a suspect has an allegation put to them in some detail as opposed to limited questioning.

The right of a victim to request a review arises where the police:

  • Make a decision not to bring proceedings in cases where the police have authority to charge;

or

  • Make a decision that the case does not meet the appropriate Test (Directors guidance for Charging 2013) for referral to the CPS for a charging decision.
     

Police Victims' Right to Review (VRR) will only apply to decisions that were made on or after 1st April 2015*.  The scheme does not apply retrospectively to decision taken before that date.
 

The Police VRR process does not apply to those case where:

  • No suspect has been identified and interviewed;
  • Cases where charges are brought in respect of some (but not all) allegations made or against some (but not all) possible suspects;
  • Cases where a charge is brought that relates to the matter complained about by the victim but the offence charged differs from the crime that was recorded;
  • Cases which are concluded by way of out of court disposal;
  • Cases where the victim retracts their complaint or refuses to co-operate with the investigation and a decision is therefore taken not to charge or refer the case to the CPS for a charging decision.

 

As a victim of crime if you feel that your case has not been handled appropriately under the above circumstances, you have the right to request a review of your case.

A victim is defined as per The Code of Practice for Victims of Crime 2013 (Victims’ Code): ‘a person who has suffered harm, including physical, mental or emotional harm or economic loss which was directly caused by criminal conduct’.

This includes:

  • Close relatives of a person whose death was directly caused by criminal conduct;
  • Parents or guardians where the main victim is a child or youth under 18;
  • Police officers who are victims of crime;
  • Family spokespersons of victims with a disability or who are so badly injured that they cannot communicate; and
  • Businesses, providing they give a named point of contact.

 

How can victims exercise the right under the scheme?

Online - (Preferred method of contact)

You can use the contact form below. When writing your objection, please do so in full - including as much detail about the case as possible such as;

•Time/date

•Occurrence or Crime Number/Unique file reference number

•People involved

•The outcome you would like from the review

 

As an alternative to completing the online form - please submit your objection in writing, by phone or by email:

 

In writing

By writing to the Criminal Justice Department at the below address : -

Criminal Justice Department
West Yorkshire Police Headquarters
Laburnum Road
Wakefield
WF1 3QS


By phone
By telephoning West Yorkshire Police Criminal Justice Department using the non-emergency number : - 101

 

By email
You can email the Criminal Justice Department at : - [email protected]

 

*If the allegation relates to child sexual abuse and is excluded from police VRR as the decision was made prior to 1 April 2015 the case may be suitable for review via a National Child Sexual Abuse Panel

 

Online Form
 

You must enter at least one contact method. If you do not have a landline number please enter "n/a" in this field.
You must enter at least one contact method. If you do not have a mobile number please enter "n/a" in this field.
You must enter at least one contact method. If you do not have a email address please enter "n/a" in this field. If you enter an email address here you will also be sent a copy of this form submission.
Please choose the Policing District where the investigation took place (if known).

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