Commonwealth Guidelines for the Treatment of Victims of Crime

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978-0-85092-725-2

Commonwealth Guidelines for the Treatment of Victims of Crime

Series Title: Best Practice Series
Publication date: 1 January 2003
Size: 210mm x 148mm
ISBN: 978-0-85092-725-2
Pages: 40

Victims of crime are sometimes overlooked when consideration is given to reforming the criminal justice system of Commonwealth countries. This leads to the incorrect perception that ‘criminals have more rights than victims’. It detrimentally affects the public perception and support for fundamental human rights provisions in the law, especially those dealing with the rights to a free trial. It also erodes confidence in the judiciary and justice systems.

The United Nations “Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power” defines victims as persons who have suffered harm including physical or mental injury, emotional suffering, economic loss or substantial impairment of their fundamental rights through acts or omissions in violation of criminal laws operative in domestic legislation.

This publication sets out best practices and guidelines of dealing with those victims at various stages in the criminal justice systems in the Commonwealth, including the role of police, prosecutors and courts. It also looks at issues of compensation and restitution for victims of crime. The Expert group consisted of experts drawn from across the Commonwealth.

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Background
The Expert Group
About the Guidelines  

1. Fundamental Principles
2. Duties of Law Enforcement Officials
3. Duties of Prosecutors
4. Duties of the Court
5. Rights of Victims at the Post-Sentencing Stage
6. Compensation and Restitution
7. General Policy Issues  

Annex A. UN Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power
Annex B. Treatment of the Victims of Crime Draft Commonwealth Statement for Consideration by Law Ministers
Annex C. Extracts from the Report of the Expert Working Group on Evidence (Commonwealth Secretariat 2001)