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Will my Victim Personal Statement (VPS) be used in an appeal hearing?

In determining an appeal against sentence, the court will always take into account any Victim Personal Statement (VPS ) that is presented to it which was provided to the sentencing court.


It is not normally necessary for a further VPS to be provided to the Court of Appeal. However, if there is information the court should know, about the continuing impact the crime has had on you, a new or further VPS may be sent to the court through the police or Crown Prosecution Service. In very rare cases, you may be asked questions about your VPS in court. If the VPS is used in evidence, it will be disclosed to the defence and should not contain any comments about the sentence given or whether the appeal should succeed or not.

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