John McDonnell – 2015 Parliamentary Question to the Ministry of Justice

The below Parliamentary question was asked by John McDonnell on 2015-02-12.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what procedures are in place to inform victims of the reasons for any delays in criminal matters being listed for court.

Mike Penning

Witness Care Units (WCUs) update Victims on information relating to their case. Under the Code of Practice for Victims courts have responsibility for providing information to WCUs about matters affecting the victim and WCUs then provide a single point of contact for victims throughout the duration of the case.

The Government has committed to creating a system that puts the highest emphasis on victims’ needs and set out their rights clearly in legislation.