What to expect from Criminal Justice Agencies
There are a number of agencies within the Criminal Justice System and all of them have a commitment to ensure they help you if you have been a victim or witness of crime.
Below are some of these agencies and their roles.
- Provide you with a crime reference number and details of who the officer in the case will be.
- Provide you with contact details and information on how to get in contact.
- Assess your needs and refer you to support services if required.
- Update you throughout the investigation.
- Visit https://leics.police.uk/ for more information.
Crown Prosecution Service (CPS):
- Prosecute criminal cases that have been investigated by the Police and other investigative organisations in England and Wales.
- Is independent, and make its decisions independently of the Police and government.
- Provides information, assistance and support to victims and prosecution witnesses.
- Their role is to make sure that the right person is prosecuted for the right offence, and to bring offenders to justice wherever possible.
- You can visit https://www.cps.gov.uk/about-cps for more information.
- Will prepare you to go to court as a witness.
- Provide help and support when being a witness and giving evidence.
- Inform you what will happen after the trial.
- For more information visit https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/citizens-advice-witness-service/
Witness Care Units:
- Are run by Police and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) staff, in joint partnership.
- Will let you know the outcome of the trial.
- If the defendant was sentenced, they’ll explain what this means or refer you to another organisation if you have further questions.
- Are responsible for the administration of justice in England and Wales.
- Consider the needs of victims when setting trial dates and sentencing.
- Visit https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-courts-and-tribunals-service for more information.
The Probation Service:
- Will (if someone is sentenced to 12 months or more for violent/sexual offences) explain the sentence to you and offer involvement in the Victim Contact Scheme.
- Inform you about key stages of offenders’ sentence.
- Tell you when the offender will be released.
- Keep you informed about parole board decisions.
- For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/national-probation-service