Victims of crime have the right to be treated with courtesy, respect and dignity and to have access to certain information about the case. These rights are set out in the Director of Public Prosecutions Guidelines for prosecutors and in the Northern Territory Charter for Victims of Crime.
As a victim of a crime you have the right to be informed in a timely manner of the following:
Where a matter relates to a sexual offence or results in bodily harm, the prosecutor should consult the victim, where possible, before deciding to amend a charge, discontinue a charge or accept a plea to a lesser charge. This is unless the victim has advised they do not wish to be consulted or cannot be located where a reasonable attempt has been made to contact them.
In all cases involving indictable offences (i.e. those likely to go to the Supreme Court), the prosecutor should attempt to seek and take into account the views of victims when making decisions about the case.
A victim may ask to have the charges dropped and the prosecutor is required to give this careful consideration where there are good reasons for asking for this.
However the prosecutor is required to also consider the public interest to ensure that not only that offender but others who might commit the same kind of offence know that such behaviour will not be accepted by the community. This is particularly so in Domestic Violence matters where the victim may be subject to pressure to drop the charges.