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Providing a check on prosecutorial decision-making: an analysis of the victims' right to review reform

journal contribution
posted on 06.04.2018, 00:00 authored by Mary IliadisMary Iliadis, Asher Flynn
The Victims’ Right to Review (VRR) enables victims to request a review of a prosecutor’s previously finite decision not to proceed with charges; the outcome of which can include a reversal of that decision. Informed by the voices of those involved in the VRR’s development and operation, and a quantitative dataset unique to our study, this article analyses the VRR process and outcomes two years post its implementation. Ultimately, we argue that despite being a primary aim of the reform, transparency, accessibility and accountability concerns may hinder the VRR’s capacity to address victims’ procedural justice needs (information, voice, control, validation), thereby reducing its effectiveness.

History

Journal

British journal of criminology

Volume

58

Issue

3

Pagination

550 - 568

Publisher

Oxford Academic

Location

Oxford, Eng.

ISSN

0007-0955

eISSN

1464-3529

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2017, The Authors