Keir Starmer

Labour publishes proposals for victims’ law

Crimes will be reportable at places other than police stations and judges empowered to prevent vulnerable witnesses enduring excessive cross-examination, under Labour proposals for a victims’ law published on Tuesday.

There will be mandatory reporting of suspected child abuse and police officers will have to record all allegations of crimes, it also recommends.

Written by a taskforce led by Lady Doreen Lawrence, the former Thames Valley chief constable Peter Neyroud and the former director of public prosecutions Sir Keir Starmer QC, the document contains 14 recommendations for improving the way victims of crime are dealt with by the criminal justice system. 

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