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Victims and Prisoners Bill – Briefing (December 2023)

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This document outlines proposed amendments to the Victims and Prisoners Bill, designed to address the Victims' Commissioner's three main priorities for the Bill.

The Victims’ Commissioner has prepared a briefing on the Victims and Prisoners Bill ahead of it proceeding to Committee Stage in the House of Lords in January 2023.

The briefing sets out a package of amendments to the Bill, which will deliver on the Victims’ Commissioner’s three stated priorities for the Bill:

  • Accountability – ensuring criminal justice agencies are held to account in their delivery of victim rights under the Victims’ Code;
  • Accessibility – providing vulnerable victims with the specialist support and rights they need; and
  • Inclusivity – extending the remit of the Code to include those victims seriously impacted by crime who are currently or partially excluded.

The Victims and Prisoners Bill was introduced to the House of Commons on 29 March 2023 and passed its Commons stages on 4 December 2023. It was introduced to the House of Lords on 6 December 2023 and is set to enter Committee stage from 24 January 2024.

For further information on any of the proposed amendments, please email