If you don’t agree with a police decision to not prosecute a suspect, you can request a review be made by an independent police inspector.
As a victim, you have the right to request an independent review of a decision we have made not to prosecute a suspect. This request is known as the Victim Right to Review (VRR) Scheme.
Not charging a suspect
When we make a decision not to charge a suspect, we will inform the victim of this and explain the reasons why we were unable to charge them.
We will advise the victim of the victim right to review scheme and will also post a formal letter confirming our decision and details of their right to request an independent review. From the date of the letter, victims are given three months to decide and inform us if they wish to request a review of the decision.
Requesting a review of a police decision
To request a review of a police decision, certain circumstances apply which include;
- there must be a suspect who has been interviewed
- the police decision must have been made within the last three months
- police must have made the decision not to prosecute because there is insufficient evidence, or unrealistic prospect of a conviction, or
- police have decided there is insufficient evidence to forward to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for a decision.
If you are a victim and wish to request an independent review of a decision we have made not to charge a suspect, please submit an online review request.
We recommend victims seek advice from a friend, family member, carer, their local Citizens Advice Bureauor Victim and Witness Hub if it is felt that they cannot make this decision themselves.
Processing a review request
We will acknowledge your independent review request within 10 working days. An independent police inspector will carry out the review and advise you of their findings within 30 days.
If the inspector overturns the original decision not to prosecute, an officer will contact you to guide you through the next steps and the prosecution process.
If your review request is rejected, we will contact you to explain why.