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‘Right to Review’: Strengthened rights for victims of crime in Scotland

Today sees a strengthening of victims’ rights with the introduction of the right in law for a victim to ask for a review of a decision by the Crown not to prosecute their case – this formalises the current practice of the Scottish prosecution service to review cases where appropriate.

 

If you are the victim of a crime it can impact on you, your family and your way of life. That is why you have a right to ask for information about the decision made in your case, to have a say in what happens, and to ask the Scottish prosecution service to review some decisions not to prosecute when they can be changed.

If you are the victim in a case reported to us, you have a right to ask us to review a decision not to take action or to stop or discontinue a case made on or after 1 July 2015. 

For more information on your right to review please see our Right to Review policy.