Home > yourrights > rights of victims and witnesses > Your Rights in Court as a Victim

Your Rights in Court as a Victim

A criminal trial in the United Kingdom is an adversarial process whereby the prosecution and defence contest the case. A victim of crime is not a party to any criminal proceedings, has no legal status, and has no right to legal representation in court. Other than as a witness, a victim’s rights in court are limited to those relating to compensation orders, acceptance of pleas, mitigation, reparation and the support of the Witness Service.

However witnesses, whether they are the victim or are witnesses for the prosecution or the defence, do have a number of rights.

kitsiteLottery Funded