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Can I attend the parole hearing myself to read my Victim Personal Statement?

If you want to attend the hearing to read your Victim Personal Statement (VPS ) in person or have it read on your behalf by someone else, such as your Victim Liaison Officer, you are entitled to inform the Parole Board that you wish to do so. The decision on whether you can attend will be made by the chair of the Parole Board panel.


Normally, a request to attend in person will be granted, but it is subject to the discretion of the Parole Board panel chair who may have reasons for not granting such a request. The prisoner may or may not be present when you read your VPS , but will definitely not be present if the Parole Board has agreed not to disclose your VPS to the prisoner. You will not be able to attend the whole of the Parole Board hearing.


You may also request to read your VPS via live video link or to provide a recording of it to be played at the hearing if the facilities are available.

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