Right to participate

Victims have a right to participate in the criminal justice process.

It is important to remember that you are not a party to the case like the defence and the prosecution. This means you don’t have the right to make arguments in court. But you still play an important role in the process. The case is taken by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on behalf of the people of Ireland against the accused.

During the trial, you may be called to give evidence about the alleged crime. I

During the criminal trial, you do not have the right to give evidence unless you are giving evidence as a witness for the prosecution. f you are going to be called as a witness, the police will ask you in advance.

You can participate if the accused is found guilty or pleads guilty by writing a Victim Impact Statement.

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