Statement on victims and witnesses strategy

31 January 2012

Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor, Kenneth Clarke, made a statement in the House of Commons on Monday 30 January on the publication of a consultation on victim and witness strategy.

Strategy for victims and witnesses

The Justice Secretary published a consultation which is aimed at all criminal justice agencies, the victim support and advice sector, local authorities, the judiciary, and all representative bodies and charitable organisations with an interest in this area in England, Wales and Scotland.

Part 1 sets out the Government’s proposed approach to ensuring that victims and witnesses get the support they need, both to overcome the consequences of crime and to participate fully in the criminal justice process.

Part 2 sets out how the Government proposes to reform the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme (CICS) to protect compensation payments for those most seriously injured while removing less serious injuries like sprains from the scheme and restricting payments to those with criminal convictions.

The consultation will run between 30 January and 22 April 2012. The consultation and related documentation, including how to respond, can be found on the Ministry of Justice website.

Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor, Sadiq Khan, responded to the statement on behalf of the Opposition.

Watch and read the statement and the views expressed by MPs on Parliament TV and in Commons Hansard. Also find current parliamentary material on crime, civil law, justice and rights in the Topics and News sections.

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