15 June 2009
1. It is important that all CDPP staff treat victims with courtesy, dignity and respect. 2. In the context of this policy, a victim of crime is an identified individual who has suffered harm as a direct result of an offence or offences committed, or apparently committed, against Commonwealth law or prosecuted by Commonwealth authorities. 'Harm' includes physical or mental injury, pregnancy, emotional suffering or economic loss. 3. The CDPP is an independent agency created by the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia to prosecute alleged offences against Commonwealth law. The CDPP recognises that in matters where there is a victim, that person has an important role in the prosecution process. The CDPP does not act on behalf of a victim as solicitors act for their clients. In carrying out its functions, the CDPP acts on behalf of the whole community. The role of the victim in the prosecution will depend on the circumstances of the case. 4. Victims should, on request, be kept informed of the progress of the prosecution in a timely manner, including:
- the charges laid;
- the date and place of hearing of any charges laid;
- the outcome of any bail proceedings; and
- the outcome of proceedings, including appeal proceedings.
- commence a prosecution:
- discontinue a prosecution;
- agree to a charge negotiation; or
- decline to proceed with a prosecution after a committal.