Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, has announced that young and vulnerable victims of “horrific crimes” will be offered the chance to avoid what is often a distressing and harrowing experience by providing pre-recorded evidence and cross-examination.
The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) is implementing Section 28 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act and this will be tested in three areas, and if successful, will be rolled out nationwide.
Mr Grayling stated that the “particularly hostile treatment of victims and witnesses in court has nothing to do with fairness or justice” and that he is “adamant we must put a stop to this…”
These measures are being implemented after growing instances of overly aggressive cross examination and victims being left traumatised after criminal trials, after having to discuss graphic details of crimes committed against them.
Jordans strongly welcome this move, and hopes that this development will encourage more victims of abuse will come forward and seek justice against their attackers, knowing that they will not be subjected to re-living their experiences in front of their abuser, and in the highly charged Court environment.
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