Mark George QC interviewed on BBC 5 live this morning addressed the issue of a new Victims' Code. The code will automatically entitle victims to personally address offenders to explain how a crime has impacted them.

Presently judges are given statements to be read in private with parts or whole statements being read aloud by prosecutors. Judges are also already able to take the statements in to consideration when determining a sentence. 

In the interview Mark George QC highlighted the effect the new code would have for victims with no one to speak up for them and whether this would mean that the seriousness of the offence would be influenced by whether a statement was read by the victim or their family or not. He went on to state that if the statement were to have an effect on the length of a sentence it would also put "an improper credence on the articulate nature of the person speaking up" thus affecting those not as articulate or unable to express themselves as clearly.

Missed it?

The interview was broadcast on BBC 5 Live at 7:06 am on the 29th October 2013. 

Listen online with BBC iPlayer (available for 7 days after broadcast). Fast forward through the programme to reach the interview at 1:06:20.

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