Evidence Lost reviews the key research on witness experiences and satisfaction and considers how this impacts on public confidence in the police and the courts. It also questions how policy initiatives to put victims and witness can be at the heart of the system can work in practice, if public funds ensure lawyers represent defendants and the police but make no provision for anyone to speak up for victims and witnesses.
We make practical recommendations which - at no additional cost to public funds - will make our streets safer and restore confidence in the police, the justice system and our sense of community.
An annex to the report reviews the lively Have Your Say on "Would you report street crime?" that the BBC ran at the time this charity launched and includes over one hundred case studies drawn from that debate, distinguishing between first hand experiences and the actual or potential prejudices of various correspondents.