The Victim Has the Floor European Journal of Crime, 2004 – 1 Criminal Law and Criminal Justice 46 European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, Vol. 12/1, 46–60, 2004 © Koninklijke Brill NV. Printed in the Netherlands. Renée Kool 1 and Martin Moerings 2 The Victim Has the Floor The victim’s right to be heard in writing or orally in the Dutch courtroom 1. INTRODUCTION A great deal of value is generally attributed to the written victim statement. This is the most important conclusion of a study on experiments with it in the Dutch criminal justice system. 3 In this article, we would like to describe the major findings and rec- ommendations of this study (Section 2). There is a crucial difference between the written victim statement and the oral victim statement. The written statement, specifying what the crime meant to the vic- tim and what its repercussions were, is formulated before the court session. It is referred to in court, and this is formally the end of it as far as the victim is concerned. The right to be heard orally (the oral statement) means the victim, as the term suggests, has a right to
European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2004
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