In the Media

A voice for victims

PUBLISHED April 26, 2005

Crime victims will be given lawyers to allow them a voice in court for the first time. Under Labour plans, advocates will be appointed free on legal aid to those who have suffered in murder, rape or violent assault cases.

The move will balance the legal system in victims[base '] favour and away from the rights of offenders.
Lawyers will advise victims - or their families in murder cases - of their rights, speak in front of judges and object to overly aggressive defence questioning.