Criminal Justice System: new Victims’ Commissioner

Dame Vera Baird has been appointed the new Victims’ Commissioner and will take over the role from Baroness Newlove in mid-June 2019. Dame Vera’s responsibilities will include promoting the interests of victims and witnesses, ensuring that their voices are heard and holding government to account on the delivery of its commitments. Dame Vera has been Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Northumbria since 2012 and served as the Association of Police and Crime Commissioner’s lead for supporting victims and reducing harm. Find out more here.