Giving victims a voice: on the problems of introducing victim impact statements in German criminal procedure

Braun, Kerstin (2013) Giving victims a voice: on the problems of introducing victim impact statements in German criminal procedure. German Law Journal, 14 (9). pp. 1889-1908. ISSN 2071-8322

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Abstract

Historically, victims of crimes were key participants in the prosecution of crimes around the globe. Over the centuries, however, as public police and prosecution service took over the prosecution of criminal acts, the importance of victims in criminal justice systems decreased in common law and civil law countries alike. The victim was sidelined and the victim’s role was reduced to that of a witness for the prosecution. As one of the first scholars to comment on the absence of victims from the criminal justice system, William Frank McDonald referred to the victim as 'the forgotten man' in criminal procedure.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: German Law Journal is an open access journal.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Law and Justice
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2015 10:04
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2017 02:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: victim support; victim justice
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180110 Criminal Law and Procedure
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180106 Comparative Law
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940403 Criminal Justice
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/26804

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