622. Victim Personal Statements.

Victims of crime, and where appropriate, their relatives, are invited to make a statement, known as a Victim Personal Statement ('VPS'), which the court is required to take into account when determining sentence1. If the court is presented with a VPS the following approach2 should be adopted3:


    (1)     the VPS and any evidence in support should be considered and taken into account by the court, prior to passing sentence;


    (2)     evidence of the effects of an offence on the victim contained in the VPS or other statement, must be in proper form4 and served in good time upon the