New Article on the Victims’ Right to Review Reform by Monash Criminology’s Mary Iliadis and Dr Asher Flynn

Monash Criminology PhD candidate and Assistant Lecturer, Mary Iliadis, along with her supervisor, Dr Asher Flynn, have had their cutting edge article, ‘Providing a Check on Prosecutorial Discretion: The Victims’ Right to Review Reform’, published in the British Journal of Criminology (online first). The article presents the first ever socio-legal analysis of the Victims’ Right to Review (VRR) reform operating in England and Wales, which enables victims to request a review of a prosecutor’s previously finite decision not to proceed with charges; the outcome of which can include a reversal of that decision. Informed by the voices of those involved in the VRR’s development and operation, and a quantitative dataset unique to their study, the article analyses the VRR process and outcomes two years post its implementation. While recognising the possibilities of the reform, the article argues that transparency, accessibility and accountability concerns may hinder the VRR’s capacity to address victims’ procedural justice needs (information, voice, validation, control), thereby reducing its effectiveness.

Mary and Asher’s article can be accessed here via the British Journal of Criminology’s open access website.