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What happens next?

You need to give your Victim Impact Statement to Victims Support Services at least 5 days before the expected sentencing.

They will check your statement to make sure that it does not contain material that cannot be read to the court and will help you make any required changes.

Victims Support Services will ensure that your Victim Impact Statement is complete and then provide it to the court.

Your Victim Impact Statement can be read out in court prior to sentencing of the convicted person.  You can choose to read it out or the court will arrange for this to be done by another person. 

You may be asked questions in court about the contents of your Victim Impact Statement by the Judge or Magistrate. This does not happen very often.

Once your statement has been read out in court, it can be reported by the media in the same way that most information provided in court can be reported. In cases involving sexual offences, information cannot be reported that would identify a child victim.