Commissioner Welcomes Package of Court Reforms to give Stronger Protection to Victims and Witnesses
Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, has welcomed a package of court reforms including the national roll-out of pre-trial evidence for vulnerable victims and witnesses.

The Commissioner said “These reforms will help support my drive to put the interests of victims and witnesses at the heart of the criminal justice system in Hertfordshire. There are still too many delays and inefficiencies which exacerbate the stressful process for victims and I am committed to working with partner agencies and the courts to transform this situation locally.”

In plans announced by Ministry of Justice, HM Courts and Tribunals and The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, vulnerable victims and witnesses will no longer have to appear in court, through the introduction of pre-trial evidence sessions.

Under new proposals, evidence from victims and witnesses could be recorded and played during the trial, sparing both parties the stress of re-living their experiences in open court. Plans also include proposals to reduce the legal jargon and will allow offenders to plead guilty to some minor offences and pay fines online.

In Hertfordshire, Commissioner Lloyd has already pledged to work with partners to improve the experience for victims and witnesses as outlined in his Police and Crime Plan, Everybody’s Business. Following a recent review of Hertfordshire’s Criminal Justice Board, the Commissioner will work with partners to make radical improvements locally to the efficiency and effectiveness of the Criminal Justice system.