The Lord Chancellor, Alex Chalk, has today (16 October 2023) confirmed plans to appoint Baroness Newlove as the government’s interim Victim’s Commissioner.

Katie Kempen, Chief Executive at the charity Victim Support said:

“We’re extremely pleased that the Justice Secretary has appointed an interim Victims’ Commissioner. As we pointed out alongside other campaigners just last month, this is a vital post which has been left vacant for far too long. Victims face a number of pressing challenges from chronic backlogs at court to deteriorating trust in the police, issues which the new commissioner can provide an independent voice on. We welcome the appointment of Baroness Newlove and look forward to working with her to ensure victims’ voices are heard.”