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Often in cases of Hate Crimes the perpetrators are not arrested, charged and eventually prosecuted, resulting in the victims feeling let down, disappointed, frustrated and a lack of confidence in the process that ultimately brings perpetrators to Justice.

Being a victim or a witness to a crime can often be difficult and you may not know very much about the criminal justice system. The CPS will treat all victims and witnesses with respect and understanding throughout the criminal justice process.

From reporting the crime to passing sentence, we explain here what happens, the role of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and what you can expect from them.

Some of this could be better understood if victims are made aware of the process police and the Crown Prosecution Service have to comply with to bring these crimes to a successful prosecution.

If you’ve been a victim of a crime the CPS guide for victims explains what your rights are and what happens when a case comes to the CPS.

Victims’ Guide – what happens when a case comes to the CPS

If you have or should in the future, witness a crime and you have or you are required to provide a statement to the police the information on this page explains what support is available and what you can expect at each stage of the criminal justice process.

Information for witnesses