JAA’s objectives

  • National Minimum Standards. JAA is campaigning for National Minimum Standards of support to be in place for families which experience an acquittal following a murder trial. This support should be offered by the Police, Crown Prosecution Service and the National Homicide Service working collaboratively together with the involvement of JAA and other voluntary organisations as chosen by the family. The document that illustrates these standards can be accessed by the following link  National Minimum Standards Agreement with flowchart
  • The law to be changed to create an appeals procedure or judicial review (as for defendants found guilty).
  • The law to be changed so that a ‘not decided’ verdict is returned when either the jury cannot agree or the trial cannot continue for technical reasons. (Currently the verdict would be ‘not guilty’).
  • Legal advice to be available for victims’ families.


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