Victims Rights and the Victims’ Charter
Irish and European law established minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime and ensures that those who have fallen victim of crime are recognised and treated with respect. You have a right to receive proper protection, support and access to justice, including:
- The right to be given detailed information about the criminal justice system
- The right to be given information on victim support services
- The right to be kept informed of the progress of the investigation and any court proceedings
- The right to have protection needs assessed and have measures put in place to stop further victimisation and intimidation
- The right to be told of a decision not to prosecute and the right to ask for a review of that decision
- The right to be given information in clear language and to have access to interpretation and translation services if needed
EU Directive establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime was introduced into Irish law under the Criminal Justice (Victims of Crime) Act 2017.
The Victims Charter
The purpose of the Victims Charter is to help you find the support you need when you become a victim of crime. The Charter also describes the Criminal Justice System so that you can understand what to expect.
Following the publication of the Tom O’Malley Report: Review of Protections for Vulnerable Witnesses In the Investigation and Prosecution of Sexual Offences, the Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee set out the plans to implement the 52 recommendations from the report. Supporting a Victim’s Journey. Click here