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Victims’ Right to Review

If you have been a victim of a crime and a decision has been taken by us not to prosecute, you have the right to request a review of that decision.

If the decision not to prosecute has been made by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), we will refer your request to them directly.

Can I request a review?

You can request a review if you are a:

  • victim
  • close relative of a person whose death was directly caused by criminal conduct
  • parent or guardian of a victim under 18
  • police officer who is a victim of crime
  • family spokespersons of a victim with a disability or who are so badly injured they cannot communicate
  • business, providing you give a named point of contact
When can I request a review?

You can request a review if the police have:

  • the authority to charge and a decision is made NOT to bring proceedings, or have made a decision the case does NOT have a realistic possibility of conviction


  • a suspect was identified and interviewed under caution
  • the request is made within 3 months of the decision to take no further action
  • no charges were brought in relation to any allegations, the accused or any other suspects
  • if an Out of Court Disposal has NOT been given, for example a Conditional Caution or a Community Resolution
  • the victim has supported and co-operated with the investigation

If you require any further information, contact the officer who dealt with your case.

How can I request a review?

You can request a review of a police decision not to prosecute:

When requesting a review by post, include:

  • your full name
  • your preferred contact method (by phone or in writing)
  • your telephone number
  • your address
  • the offence
  • the date of the offence
  • any reference you have been given previously
  • if you are not the victim, the victim’s name and your relationship to them
What happens after I request a review?

If the request meets the eligibility criteria, we will allocate it to be investigated by an officer who has not been involved in the case.

We will respond to you in writing with the outcome of our review within 30 days of us receiving your request.

If there are any issues regarding this review, we will contact you sooner.

What are the possible outcomes of a review?

Following a review, the original decision can be found:

  • correct and no further action is required
  • wrong and the suspect will be prosecuted
  • wrong and the suspect will receive an Out of Court Disposal
  • wrong and the case will be referred to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), for a charging decision
  • wrong but the case cannot be prosecuted because the legal time limit to bring proceedings has expired
  • further enquiries need to be completed before the reviewing officers can make their decision
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