Barnsley MP calls for new law for victims of crime

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Barnsley MP Michael Dugher has backed calls for a new law to improve the justice system so it works better for witnesses and victims of crime.

The new law would transform the way the criminal justice system treats victims and witnesses, guaranteeing victims the ability to hold those responsible for crimes to account.

A Victims’ Taskforce has been established and will lead work to establish a Victims’ Law, and advise on further improvements in the way victims and witnesses are treated.

Mr Dugher said: “For too long victims of crime have lacked confidence in our criminal justice system. I think it is about time that this was addressed.

“Many feel that the criminal justice system simply doesn’t work for them. The creation of this taskforce and its work in establishing the country’s first ever Victims’ Law is crucial for helping restore the public’s faith in the criminal justice system.”

Labour’s Victims’ Taskforce will report by November 2014 and is expected to explore issues including how victims and witnesses are kept informed about the status of the investigation of the crimes against them.