Victims service chair welcomes Janner u-turn

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Victims service chair welcomes Janner u-turn

The Chair of the Victims Service in Northamptonshire is welcoming the decision to prosecute Labour Peer Lord Janner over child sex abuse allegations.

The 86 year-old wasn’t orginally going to face trial because of his dementia.

But, the Director of Prosecutions was forced to change her mind following an independent review.

Linda Lee, Chairman of Voice and former President of the Law Society of England and Wales told Connect FM:

“The decision to now charge Lord Janner following the review by an independent QC is obviously the right one on the facts of this case. I hope it will give some consolation to those who have come forward and help ease their distress.

”However, now is the time to look at how well the CPS Victims’ Right to Review Scheme is working in cases where the accused is not high profile and the media are not involved.

”The Right to Review Scheme should not just be an explanation to the victims of why decisions have been made but a real opportunity to ask the CPS to think again, as happened in this case.

”We need to work to build victim’s confidence in the justice system.”

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