Each year about 250 victims deliver a statement in Dutch courts. Most expect that this will lead to more punitive sentences. Judges however don't believe that this affects their decisions. Who is right? A study among Leiden law students provides an answer.
The position of victims in the Dutch criminal justice system has been overlooked for decades. But over the last few years, interest for victims has been growing, as illustrated by the new victim policy presented by State Secretary for Security and Justice.