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CPS- Victim Right to Review

From June 2013, if you have been a victim of crime and a decision has been taken by the Crown Prosecution Service not to prosecute or to terminate proceedings, you have a right to request a review of that decision.

When can you request a review?

You can request a review if the CPS have made a decision:

How do I request a review?

The CPS preference is that you contact by e-mail, but they are also happy for you to get in touch by telephone or letter.

You should (normally) submit your request within five working days from the date of the communication of the decision in order to ensure a prompt review. An early request allows for a prompt review and, where appropriate, proceedings to be (re) commenced as quickly as possible. Where the law permits the CPS to do so, they will consider requests for review for up to three months from the communication of the qualifying decision.

Any delay beyond the three months will only be allowed in exceptional circumstances taking into account the facts of the individual case.

E-mail: Victimliaison.Southwest@cps.gsi.gov.uk

Telephone: 0117 930 2800

Address: Crown Prosecution Service, Right to Review, 5th Floor Kite Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol, BS1 6PN

What will happen when I request a review?

When we receive your request for review, the decision will be checked by a prosecutor who has not been involved with the case previously and we will ensure that you have been provided with a clear and detailed explanation of the decision.

For further information please refer to: http://www.cps.gov.uk/publications/docs/VRR_leaflet.pdf