Victim Personal Statement

A Victim Personal Statement (VPS) gives you the opportunity to explain, in your own words, the impact that the crime has had on you and your family. Once you have completed your VPS, you are unable to change it. It is accepted that your feelings may change and you can give a further VPS at any time before the defendant is sentenced.

After you have made your VPS, it becomes part of the case papers. Your VPS can be seen by everyone in the case, including the defendant and their lawyer, police, prosecution and the Judge if the case goes to trial.

Your VPS will however, only be considered by the court if the defendant pleads guilty or is found guilty of the offence. The court and/or the defence could cross examine you about the contents of the VPS in order to clarify or challenge certain points. This may be reported on in the media.

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