A new report has found that the UK is one of the only countries in the world where judges are allowed to impose fines for crimes they find “inappropriate”, with the government saying it is to combat a “culture of victimisation”.
Justice slams are the most common form of punishment used in the UK, with one in six offences being prosecuted.
The UK has more than 10,000 justice slams each year, but the number of convictions recorded is very low, according to a new report.
Its author, the former Chief Justice of England and Wales, Tanisha Thomas, said it was a “cult of victimised victims”.
The report by the Centre for Justice and Democracy, a UK think tank, found that “overwhelmingly the majority of victims of violence, sexual abuse and stalking are not prosecuted”. “
However, the justice slam is a system that is increasingly being used as a tool for punishing victims of crime.”
The report by the Centre for Justice and Democracy, a UK think tank, found that “overwhelmingly the majority of victims of violence, sexual abuse and stalking are not prosecuted”.
“The government has introduced a raft of reforms that are aimed at making it easier for victims to report crimes and the police to identify those responsible for crimes, but in doing so, it has taken the criminal justice system into a culture of victim-blaming,” Ms Thomas said.
She added: “In some cases, victims are being punished for crimes that the police themselves did not commit.”
According to the report, more than 3,500 people have been sentenced to a justice slap in England and more than 1,000 people have faced justice slams.
In the US, the number is less than 500.
It is understood the government is considering an overhaul of the justice slams in the US.
Mr Thomas, who retired from the bench in 2014, said that although she did not personally know many of the victims who were punished for their crimes, she was surprised at the number who had suffered.
He said: “These victims have been punished for acts that they themselves did nothing to commit.
They are being told they are wrong, that their actions were wrong and they deserve it.
And if it is the case that the victim of a crime was wrongfully convicted, I would ask that the judge should consider that he or she is the victim, too.”
She warned that the report could affect UK laws, which she said were being changed to suit the demands of a justice system increasingly dominated by white men.
However, she said there was a clear distinction between victims of “misbehaviour”, who are prosecuted for crimes and who do not, and victims of serious crimes, such as rape and murder. “
[The] justice system now tends to focus on what can be judged as “remedy”, rather than looking at what can really be done to change the behaviour of perpetrators.”
However, she said there was a clear distinction between victims of “misbehaviour”, who are prosecuted for crimes and who do not, and victims of serious crimes, such as rape and murder.
A spokesman for the justice ministry said it would look at the report’s findings but had not yet made any changes to its proposals.
David Hodge, a former judge, said the report did not support the current approach.
His comments came after a woman was left in a coma for four weeks after being struck by a car while in custody.
Her family said the court was “totally incompetent” and a “victim-blame system” was being used to punish her.
Judges’ unions in the West Midlands have called for a review of justice slams and the government has pledged to hold an inquiry.
But a spokesperson for the UK’s top civil liberties watchdog, Liberty, said she was “surprised” that the government was moving so quickly to remove a key part of its justice reforms.
Jonathan Portes, Liberty’s director, said: “The Government has no legal obligation to investigate and prosecute justice slams, and we are disappointed that it appears to be taking such a drastic step.
‘We have a duty to look at this report and work with the Government to get it right.’
The Government needs to listen to the voices of victims’ “We have been campaigning for a change in the justice law for years, and it is clear that the Government has failed to listen.”
Ms Portes said the Justice Reform Act of 2015, which took effect in December, had made it “much easier” for police and prosecutors to use “criminal justice reform” to change how they dealt with cases.
On Tuesday, the Home Office said it had made a series of changes to “reflect the changes of the modern justice system”.
It said it wanted to remove the requirement for judges to consider mitigating factors, such a victim’s history of mental health problems, and make it easier to refer cases to Crown Prosecution Service