For the first time, the views of alleged victims will be considered when deciding whether the civilian or military justice system should deal with criminal cases involving a member of the armed forces.
Prosecutors have been told to check with police that victims have been asked if they have any opinions on jurisdiction. Any preferences 'will be taken into consideration'.
Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and Service Prosecuting Authority (SPA) prosecutors in serious cases must consult over jurisdiction, regardless of whether an alleged victim has expressed a view. The final decision will be made by a CPS deputy chief crown prosecutor and a managing prosecutor or deputy director at the SPA.
The changes follow a consultation earlier this year, which attracted 13 responses.
Director of public prosecutions Max Hill KC said: ‘Being a victim of crime can have a devastating and life-long impact, so it is right that they have a voice in the criminal justice process. It is only through balancing the rights of victims and defendants that we can ensure justice is delivered.
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