Criminal Justice Resources from QS Jordans

Using Victim Impact Statements

In R v P [2013] EWCA Crim 323 The Court of Appeal looked at Victim Impact Statements and made a number of important observations .

This included that such statements shouldn’t draw victims into setting out what sentence they believed an offender should receive

They also commented that where there were exceptional grounds to do so such statements might be used in an appeal against conviction or Sentence .

On Conviction this might arise for example from serious inconsistency arising either at trial or post conviction to suggest the witness was unreliable  .

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