Victims' Right to Review

What is the Victims' Right to Review?

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

How long will the form take?

2
5
minutes

What do I need?

  • Your personal details, including your address and postcode
  • Your objection

 

Victims' Right to Review information

Police Victims' Right to Review (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) requests should be submitted within 3 months of the victim being notified of the case being finalised. Any requests made after 3 months will be dealt with at the force’s discretion.

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

 

The Police Victims' Right to Review (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

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Your personal details

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Your address

Your contact details

Additional information

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Your objection


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