Victim Statements: Can Work, Do Work (For Those Who Bother to Make Them)

James Chalmers, Peter Duff, Fiona Leverick

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Abstract

Contrasts the enthusiasm of the Scottish and English governments for, with scepticism of academics on the value of, allowing victim input in the criminal justice process. Considers findings from an evaluation of the Scottish pilot victim statement scheme as regards: (1) the percentage of victims who took advantage of the opportunity given; (2) the reasons given for the decision on whether to make a statement; (3) statement content; and (4) criminal justice practitioner's views on the scheme. Compares the findings on victim satisfaction with those from a 2001 evaluation of an equivalent English scheme.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)360-79
Number of pages19
JournalCriminal Law Review
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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