Rights of Appeal for Victims of Crime

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has today launched a policy which would allow victims of crime to be given the right to challenge decisions to stop prosecutions or not charge suspects.

The move could affect a number of decisions made by the CPS but will not cover those dropped by the police.

The new policy follows a recent Court of Appeal ruling which stated that "as a decision not to prosecute is in reality a final decision for a victim, there must be a right to seek review of such a decision".

The CPS only support criminal charges if there is enough evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and also in the public interest.

Victims can now ask the CPS to review a case if there is a decision not to bring charges, to discontinue proceedings or to offer no evidence.