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Peer Review

Victims Virtual Walkthrough

by The Criminal Justice System of England and Wales


Overall Rating:

4.75 stars
Content Quality: 4.75 stars
Effectiveness: 4.5 stars
Ease of Use: 4.75 stars
Reviewed: Jun 10, 2008 by Criminal Justice Editorial Board
Overview: This site provides an interactive virtual tour of the criminal justice system of England and Wales as it relates to being a victim of crime. This site presents visitors with a wide range of subjects that will offer a comprehensive understanding of the criminal justice system in England and Wales.
Learning Goals: • Summarize the criminal justice system of England and Wales as it relates to being a victim of crime. • Understand the actions taken by the police in response to a reported crime and how victims are supported. • Identify typical police procedures as they relate to general criminal investigations and arrest. • Discuss the court process and describe when a case may go to court. • Describe what protections and services are available to victims of crime in England and Wales.
Target Student Population: • Undergraduate students • Special interest groups such as victim-witness organizations (professional development training)
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Basic computer skills
Type of Material: Tutorial
Recommended Uses: In class, Homework
Technical Requirements: • Browser • Flash player (text version is available if the flash player is not available) • Adobe Acrobat Reader (for downloaded material)

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: • Very user-friendly and interactive presentation. • Alternative text version available in place of the interactive version. • Comprehensive material that is easy to comprehend.
Concerns: • None.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: • Uses common language and pictures to present material at a level that lay persons can readily absorb. • Follows the criminal justice process in its normal sequence. • The website includes supporting material in the form of brochures and leaflets is available by download. Additionally, much of the material that can be downloaded have been made available in many of the languages individuals speak in the United Kingdom.
Concerns: • Assumes that the reader is already somewhat familiar with the organization of government in England and Wales.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: • The website is very simple to use and navigate. • The interactive version is engaging, while the text-based site provides all of the same material in a comprehensive text format. • The overall design of the website is appealing.
Concerns: The site assumes that the reader is familiar with British terms, such as solicitor and crown court.

Other Issues and Comments: • The website provides a thorough overview of the criminal justice systems of England and Wales. • The material available for download includes brochures and leaflets that provide an additional view of the criminal justice system in England and Wales. • The material includes items such as: 1) a Personal Statement brochure, 2) Code of Practice for Victims leaflet, and 3) The Decision to Prosecute brochure.