The EU Victims' Directive comes into effect in Ireland on 16th November 2015. The directive establishes standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime.
These rights include the right to information. This means that victims will now have a right to request a summary of reasons for a decision not to prosecute made by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on or after 16th November 2015. They will also have the right to ask for a review of a decision not to prosecute.
The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions has prepared two information booklets explaining how they make decisions and how victims can ask for reasons and reviews. There is also a Victims and Witnesses section on their website at www.dppireland.ie