The Criminal Justice (Victims of Crime) Act 2017 was enacted on 5 November, 2017. The Act transposes into Irish law Directive 2012/29/EU establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime. This Act introduces a number of statutory rights for victims of crime including:
- The right to comprehensive information on the criminal justice system;
- The right to information on victim support services;
- The right to be kept informed on the progress of the investigation and any court proceedings;
- The right to an individual assessment of their protection needs and measures to safeguard them from further victimisation and intimidation;
- The right to be informed of a decision not to institute a prosecution and the right to request a review of that decision; and
- The right to receive information in clear and concise language and to interpretation and translation where necessary.