And where victims were able to make a statement, over half did not even know whether their statement was used in their case.
Even where the system does get it right for victims and witnesses, there is a lack of consistency in providing services.
When you have given evidence in a trial, you may be interested in finding out what happens.
You may already know if you think the defendant should be found guilty or not guilty - but that may not always be what the court decides.
Disposing of evidence means completely getting rid of something which is vital to solving the case (eg, throwing it away).
Fabricating evidence involves altering or falsifying evidence in the hope of misleading the court.
Under s 1(1) of the Perjury Act 1911, this is when ‘a lawfully sworn witness or interpreter in judicial proceedings wilfully makes a false statement which he knows to be false or does not believe to be true, and which is material in the proceedings’.The last two decades have seen a number of major developments in how victims and witnesses are supported through the criminal justice system – the creation of the Witness Service at the Crown Court in 1994, the provision of ‘special measures’ for vulnerable and intimidated witnesses in 1999 and the introduction of Victim Personal Statements in 2001.However, a recent survey by the Crown Prosecution Service provides some illuminating evidence of a criminal justice system that appears to be trying to support victims and witnesses but, in many ways, is still failing them more often than not.A retrial might also be needed if there is a problem with the trial and the judge or magistrate has to stop the case.You will be told why this has happened, when the retrial will be, and whether you should be there.