Victim Personal Statements:Written question - 202886

Asked by Darren Jones
(Bristol North West)

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Asked on: 17 December 2018
Ministry of Justice
Victim Personal Statements
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the guidance issued on the Victim's Code requires the reading out of victim personal statements in open court.
Answered by: Edward Argar
Answered on: 20 December 2018

There is no requirement for victims, or anyone else on their behalf, to read out a victim personal statement in open court. There is a presumption that a victim should be allowed to read their statement in full if they wish to do so. However, whether the statement is read in open court, who reads it, and which sections of the statement are read, is at the discretion of the trial judge. A Joint Agency Guide to the Victim Personal Statement provides practical advice for criminal justice practitioners who might be involved in the process. It is publicly available here:

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