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Victims, Courts and Compensation
Victims, courts and compensation

As we noted in Chapter 2, the fact that only a minority of crime is reported to the police combined with low detection rates for reported crime means that only a small proportion of victims face the possibility of a court appearance. Where a suspect has been identified, victims may be informed or (less likely) involved in police or prosecutor decisions on whether to proceed with the case. Where they are not required as witnesses they may be informed of the date of the trial and/or the outcome and invited to make claims for compensation. Where the offender is not caught the victim is sometimes – usually only for some crimes involving physical injury – able to claim ...

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