Notifying Victims and their Families about Discontinuation of Investigation

The ‘Guidance on Crown Prosecution Service to bereaved families' states that the term 'family' includes relatives and partners (including same sex partners).

'Homicide Cases - Guidance on CPS service to bereaved families' states that from an early stage prosecutors must offer to meet with the family of the victim to inform them on how the case is going to be handled and what they should expect to happen at each court hearing. 

Communication from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is to be sent by the Family Liaison Officer (FLO) in the form of a letter. The CPS states that it is important that the correspondents with the family should be personalised. Effort should be made to keep the same prosecutor throughout the case who is preset at relevant court hearings in which the family attend. However, the CPS does indicate that unfortunately this is not always possible.

With regard to discontinuing a case a letter should be written within a day of this decision, explaining why this decision was made. This letter also offers the family the opportunity to meet with the CPS, discuss this further and ask any questions.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) provides a leaflet concerning its Policy for Prosecuting Cases of Racially and Religiously Aggravated Crime where information is given about the definition of racially and religiously aggravated crimes and what the CPS does about it.

 

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