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Victim Right to Review

If you have been a victim of crime and a decision has been taken by us not to prosecute, you have the right to request a review of that decision.

A similar scheme is also run by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), where a victim can request a review of a decision taken by the CPS not to continue with a prosecution.

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if I can request a review

You can request a review if you are a:

  • victim
  • close relative of a person whose death was directly caused by criminal conduct
  • parent or guardian where the main victim is aged under 18
  • police officer victim of crime
  • family spokespersons of victim with a disability or who are so badly injured that they cannot communicate
  • business, providing you give a named point of contact
when I can request a review

You can request a review if the police have:

  • identified and interviewed under caution a suspect about the offence, and
  • decided not to take the suspect to court, or not to refer the case to the CPS for a charging decision

You can’t request a review if:

  • the decision was made before 1st April 2015
  • the suspect is issued with an Out of Court Disposal
  • no suspect has been identified and interviewed
how i can request a review

You can request a review of a police decision not to prosecute within 3 months of the date of the decision. 

You can do this online by filling in the Victim Right to Review Request Form.

Or you can write to Victim’s Right to Review at:

Criminal Justice Support Unit
Avon and Somerset Constabulary
2nd Floor
The Bridewell
1-2 Bridewell Street
Bristol   BS1 2AA

When requesting a review by post, include:

  • your full name
  • your preferred contact method (by phone or in writing)
  • your telephone number
  • your address
  • the offence
  • the date of the offence
  • any reference you have been given previously
  • if you are not the victim, the victim's name and your relationship to them
what will happen when I request a review

Once a request is received, we will let you know that we have received it by sending an acknowledgement letter within 10 days.

If the request meets the eligibility criteria, we will allocate it to be investigated by an officer who has not been involved in the case.

We will respond to you in writing with the outcome of our review within 30 days of us receiving your request, unless you have asked us not to write.

what the possible outcomes are after a review

Following a review, the original decision can be found:

  • correct and no further action is required
  • wrong and the suspect will be prosecuted
  • wrong and the suspect will receive an Out of Court Disposal
  • wrong and the case will be referred to the CPS for a charging decision
  • wrong but the case cannot be prosecuted because the legal time limit to bring proceedings has expired
  • further enquiries need to be completed before the reviewing officers can make their decision