If you have been the victim of crime and reported the matter to the authorities which has resulted in no action being taken against those responsible, you may feel that you have been unfairly treated at time you feel the most vulnerable.
In these circumstances, many victims feel that the police and/or Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) failed to really understand the offences committed against them. You may feel that officers were unsympathetic or may wish to raise a specific complaint against individual officers. Alternatively you may simply wish to bring to police attention new evidence or lines of investigation that you have become aware of. It is often the case that those who have complained to the police about criminal behaviour are advised that what has been reported is not a crime or is simply a ‘civil matter.’
At Nockolds we are able to offer advice and assistance for victims of crime in dealing with the practical effects of having been a victim of crime whilst providing advice as to the options available. This would include helping report a crime to the appropriate authority or agency, gathering evidence to support an allegation and then presenting that information on your behalf. We are able to ensure that the investigating or prosecuting authority keeps you informed as to the progress of their investigation and whether anyone is to be charged with a criminal offence. During any subsequent trial, we can provide advice as to court procedure or attend hearings (where appropriate) on your behalf to provide information as to the proceedings.
Victims’ Right to Review
If the CPS has advised the police not to charge offenders or abandon proceedings against them, Nockolds Solicitors is able to offer advice on the ‘Victims’ Right to Review Scheme’ and scrutinise questionable decisions made by the CPS. This scheme allows victims to seek a review of CPS decisions to take no further action. A recent example of the scheme in operation can be found in the reversal of the Director of Public Prosecutions decision not to prosecute Lord Janner for historic sexual offences.
For more information and to find out how we can help you, please contact our Motoring, Crime and Regulatory Team on 01279 755777 or get in touch with Dan Hart, Solicitor Advocate in our Motoring, Crime and Regulatory Team.