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Victim experiences in the magistrates’ court

New MA report launched

19 September 2019
Victim experiences in the magistrates’ court

The MA has today launched a new report into victim experiences in the magistrates’ court.

The report focuses on victims' experiences of attending the magistrates’ court and is based on the outcomes of a roundtable held in October 2018. This was attended by a range of relevant stakeholders, including small and large charities and statutory organisations.

The report firstly looks at what the current positives and negatives of the experience are for victims of crime (for example, challenges getting to court, a lack of understanding about the process, worries about interacting with the defendant while at court). It then goes on to look at ways in which the experience of attending court could be improved, before looking at a number of recommendations for the MA and other stakeholders to take forward.

The MA has already published a special edition of  MAGISTRATE magazine focused on supporting victims in court, including articles and a guide on this topic. There is also a list of relevant resources on the MA website to use for further information. If you have any queries, please contact Jude Zendle, Training and Development Officer

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