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DPP Claire Loftus: We will provide victims with reasons as to why prosecution not pursued under new EU rules

Sarah Jane Murphy

Published 10/10/2015 | 18:30

Claire Loftus
Claire Loftus

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has said that the EU Victims Directive means her office will be bound to provide victims of crime with reasons as to why a prosecution was not pursued in a criminal case.

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The new EU rule comes into effect on November 16th.

Claire Loftus, Director of Public Prosecutions
Claire Loftus, Director of Public Prosecutions

DPP Claire Loftus said that her office have established a new department - the Communications and Victims Liasion Unit - which will write directly to victims of crime who seek a review of a decision made by the DPP's office.

Ms Loftus, speaking at the annual National Prosecutors Conference held at Dublin Castle today, also revealed that her office will soon publish information as to how the public can access the new services they are entitled to under EU Law.

She stated that the Directive does not change the 'very important role played by prosecuting Gardai and Family Liasion Officers' in keeping victims of crimes informed as to how a prosecution is progressing.

The DPP said that as a result of the change to the law victims will now have formal rights and access to additional information.

"I believe that it has the potential to encourage a compassionate and coherent approach to a wide range of issues, vindicating the fights of victims and their families in a criminal justice system that it fair and effective for all," she said.

Ms Loftus said that the Directive will alleviate the difficulties that many victims of crime encounter as they navigate Ireland's complex criminal justice system.

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