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Judges set against plans for victims' advocates

PUBLISHED December 24, 2005

Opposition from judges is threatening to derail plans to give relatives of murder or manslaughter victims a say in court before sentencing.

Ministers are determined to pilot the reforms in six regional courts from April, giving relatives a chance to spell out the impact of the death. But the change, a key Labour manifesto pledge at the last election, is strongly opposed across the judiciary.