The Guardian: "Murder victims' families treated awfully in court warns Louise Casey"

Citing the Milly Dowler phone hacking case involving a Rupert Murdoch newspaper, the United Kingdom’s Victims’ Commissioner, Louise Casey, called for a “victims law” to protect the rights of those who have lost loved ones to murder. She said families’ experience with the justice system left them “trembling in its wake” and that those spared interaction with police and courts actually coped better with their loss.

Alan Travis, home affairs editor

The families of murder victims receive worse treatment from the courts than the rich and wealthy who want to protect their privacy and they need a statutory 'victims' law' to protect their rights.

The call from the government-appointed Victims' Commissioner, Louise Casey, comes six months after she conducted the largest survey of bereaved families.

Casey said the criminal justice system left "families trembling in its wake" with many of the stories she heard just "jaw droppingly awful" and the survey demonstrated that families that had had no involvement with the police and courts actually coped better with their bereavement.


Ashley Temm