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 2020) 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 2021 (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
Gender
 
Please enter your date of birth in this format : DD/MM/YYYY  (eg 01/06/1980)
 
Your address
Your contact details
Additional information
Special arrangements for contacting you:
 
 
 

Ethnicity

Ethnic origin is not about nationality, place of birth or citizenship. It is about the group to which you perceive you belong.
 
The Ethnicity categories listed here are as advised by UK Government as recommended by the Office of National Statistics and to the Ethnicity harmonised standard. Please follow the links for more information (note : each link opens a new browser window).
 
First, please choose the appropriate ethnic group - a sub menu will appear - then please choose your ethnic background.
 
What is your ethnic group?
Choose one option that best describes your ethnic group or background.
Which of the following best describes your White background?
Which of the following best describes your Mixed or Multiple ethnic groups background?
Which of the following best describes your Asian or Asian British background?
Which of the following best describes your Black, African, Caribbean or Black British background?
Which of the following best describes your background?
 
 
Policing district
Your objection

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