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The Victim Right to Review scheme gives victims of crime, in certain circumstances, the right to ask for a review of a police decision not to prosecute a suspect.
It is only applicable to decisions not to prosecute that were made on or after 1st April 2015 and to cases in which a suspect has been identified and interviewed under caution, either following an arrest or by voluntary interview.
Your right to request a review arises in the following circumstances where the police decide:
Yes, the following cases do not fall within the scope of the Police Victim Right to Review;
Any victim (as defined in the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime 2015) whose case meets the above criteria is entitled to seek a review of the police decision not to prosecute.
This can include:
The Victim Right to Review is specifically intended to allow a victim to have an avenue to appeal a decision not to prosecute. It is separate and distinct from any complaint process regarding conduct or service.
Yes, you can request a review within 3 months of being notified of the decision not to prosecute.
Once we receive your request we will acknowledge your request within 10 working days. Wherever possible, the review will be completed and the decision communicated to the victim within an overall timeframe of 30 working days (i.e. 6 weeks from receipt of the request from the victim).
Where the case is particularly complex or sensitive, it may not be possible to provide a VRR decision within the usual time limits. In such cases, you will be notified and provided regular updates on the progress of the review.
There are six potential outcomes of a review;
You can write to:
Police Victims’ Right to Review Scheme Cleveland Police Shared Service Centre Ash House III Acre Princeton Drive Thornaby Stockton on Tees TS17 6AJ
If acting on behalf of the victim, please supply the following additional details:
When you write, you must tell us why you’d like the incident or crime reviewed. It would help us if you could also provide:
You can call us on 101 and request a Victims Right to Review . The same information as above will be required.