The Victim in a Criminal Trial

Start Date: Friday, May 25, 2012
End Date: Friday, May 25, 2012
Category: Criminal Law Criminal Law National Law
Venue: Paris
Country: France
Leading organisation: ENM (French National School for the Judicary)
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Language(s): French
Training level:
Target audience:
Participants(EJTN): 10
Contact: Anthony Manwaring
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Contact phone: +33 144419954

Course Description

The victim has taken an increasingly important place in legal developments with the recognition of victim rights in public policies, but also with the representation in penal justice. As parties in the trial, the victims benefit from a real status which gives them rights all during the procedure from the filing of the complaint through the execution of the sentence. Specific provisions have also been put in place to guarantee them the most complete, rapid and efficient indemnity. Likewise, accompaniment and support services, including overall care, can be offered to them, especially through active and diverse associations. That being so, do the victims know and effectively use these rights and these measures? Does the judicial response meet their expectations? What are the legal and concrete impacts of the creation of the judge delegated to the victims? What is included in the notions of recognition or restoration requested by the victims? How can we reconcile in a fragile, if not impossible equilibrium, a response to the pain and suffering of victims with the rights of the presumed perpetrators? Can the victim be placed at the heart of penal justice?

This session will present the legal and technical aspects of a better care of crime victims and the mechanisms to remedy their suffering. It will also look at larger social issues raised by the place of victims in criminal justice, enlightened by historic, sociological or psychological approaches. It will be made up of presentations by judges, experts, professors, representatives of French and foreign associations and by multidisciplinary exchanges among the participants.