Does the Victims' Right of Review include a right to make representations? R (FNM) v DPP [2020] EWHC 870 (Admin)

The CPS' Victims' Right to Review (VRR) Scheme provides for complainants in criminal proceedings to ask for an independent review of a decision not to prosecute or to discontinue a case. But does the right to a review also provide for a right for them to make representations as part of that review? That was what was considered in the case of R (FDM) v DPP, a judicial review recently considered by the High Court, in which the complainant submitted that she did have such a right, and the Secretary of State contended that she did not. 

In this note Orla Daly and Tom Orpin-Massey explore the case and its implications for the future.

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