Victims and Witnesses

Photo of a witness care officer talking to a witnessThe evidence of victims and witnesses is central to everything we do at CPS East Midlands. The evidence they give to the police and, later, in court is vital to a successful prosecution.

However, we do know that being a victim or witness in court can be a daunting experience.

In order to support victims and witnesses each local Crown Prosecution Service team, together with their local police force, has a dedicated witness care unit, to support victims and witnesses through what can be a difficult time.

You can find more accessible information about being a witness in court and the support available for victims and witnesses on our national website.

Victims' Right to Review

There will inevitably be some circumstances when the prosecution has to make a decision to discontinue or substantially alter a charge in a case. 

When this happens we will tell victims what we have done and why.  In some of the more serious cases we will offer to meet the victim to explain our decision. Victims have the right to request a review of a decision to discontinue proceedings or offer no evidence in a case.  Details of how to request such a review can be found on the main CPS website .

Prosecutors will comply with the timescale set out in the Victims Code when notifying victims of our decisions.

Please note that the scheme applies only in relation to qualifying decisions made on or after 5 June 2013.