The Victim Right to Review (VRR) Scheme

The Victim Right to Review (VRR) scheme gives victims the right to request a review of a police decision not to prosecute a suspect.


This scheme applies to cases in which a suspect has been identified and interviewed under caution, either following an arrest or voluntary interview.

You have the right to request a review if the police decide:

(a) not to bring proceedings in cases where police have authority to charge or;

(b) that the case does not meet the test for referring the matter to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)          for a charging decision.


This scheme specifically relates to police decisions not to prosecute and does not cover crime recording decisions or decisions not to continue with enquiries.

Contact us as soon as possible if you would like help as there is a 3 month time limit to request this review from when a decision has been not to charge the suspect.

Under this scheme you can also seek a review of the following Crown Prosecution Service "CPS" decisions:

  1. Not to charge

  2. To discontinue (or withdraw in the Magistrates' Court) all charges thereby ending all proceedings.

  3. To offer no evidence in all proceedings.

  4. To leave all charges in the proceedings to "lie on file" (this is the term used in circumstances where the CPS makes a decision not to proceed and requests that the charges be allowed "to lie on the file" marked 'not to be proceeded with without the leave of this Court or the Court of Appeal')

For help in requesting a review please contact us using the form below.


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