Victim impact reports in Northern Ireland: Victims’ voices influencing sentencing?

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Abstract

Discusses three Northern Ireland Court of Appeal decisions concerning the role of victim impact reports (VIRs) on sentencing in sexual violence cases, and illustrating how courts may be unable to rely on victims' accounts of the harm they suffered because the experts' reports were unreliable. Details key features of the cases, the use of VIRs as evidence-based harm, and why improved guidance on their use is needed in Northern Ireland.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)478-484
Number of pages7
JournalCriminal Law Review
Volume2016
Issue number7
Early online date11 May 2016
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2016

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