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Victims' Right to Review Data 2020-2021

Underlying Data

This publication details the outcomes of Victims' Right to Review decisions in 2020-2021. Also available in Excel and PDF format.

Victims Right to Review Outcomes
April 2020 to March 2021

 Principal Offence CategoryTotal VRR Requests ReceivedOriginal Decisions Overturned at Stage OneOriginal Decisions Overturned at Stage TwoTotal Original Decisions Overturned
BOffences against the person7909626122
CSexual offences367291544
FTheft and handling8811112
GFraud and forgery571112
HCriminal damage75808
IDrug offences0000
JPublic order offences65707
LMotoring offences30011
KAll other offences (excluding motoring)11111415
 No Principal Offence Category298411051


In 2020-21 the CPS made a pre-charge legal decision on 190,149 suspects and prosecuted 370,415 defendants, not all prosecuted defendants are subject to a CPS pre-charge decision; the Police charge approximately 65% of cases and the CPS 35%.

The VRR scheme is a two-stage process where requests can be reviewed by either local offices or a specialist Unit within HQ. In the first instance, that decision is reviewed by a manager in the local area. If he or she overturns the original decision, and if the victim so requests, the case may be further reviewed by the CPS Appeals and Review Unit (ARU). The ARU is a national CPS unit staffed with experienced specialist lawyers who conduct a fresh independent review of the evidence in every case referred to them. If an ARU lawyer decides that the original decision was wrong, and a prosecution is required to maintain confidence in the Criminal Justice System, that original decision will be overturned and proceedings reinstituted. The figures provided in the table represent all overturned decisions where the original decision was found to be wrong regardless of which stage the final decision was made.

The CPS operates both Feedback and Complaints schemes to deal with concerns about legal decisions which do not fall within the scope of the VRR scheme. The CPS does not collect data which constitutes official statistics as defined in the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007. This data has been drawn from the CPS’s administrative IT systems, which (as with any large scale recording system) is subject to possible errors with data entry and processing. The figures are provisional and subject to change as more information is recorded by the CPS. 

Available to download

Victims' Right to Review Data 2020-2021 (updated, PDF document)
Victims' Right to Review Data 2020-2021 (updated, Excel document)
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