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Improving victims' experiences of the justice system: consultation

The consultation seeks views on potential reforms to empower and protect victims of crime, with particular reference to sexual offences. It takes forward the work of the Victims Taskforce and recommendations from Lady Dorrian’s Review which do, or may, require a legislative underpinning.


Annex A: Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2014

The principles set out in sections 1 and 1A of the Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2014 are (emphasis added):

  • that a victim or witness should be able to obtain information about what is happening in the investigation or proceedings
  • that the safety of a victim or witness should be ensured during and after the investigation and proceedings
  • that a victim or witness should have access to appropriate support during and after the investigation and proceedings
  • that, in so far as it would be appropriate to do so, a victim or witness should be able to participate effectively in the investigation and proceedings
  • that victims should be treated in a respectful, sensitive, tailored, professional and non-discriminatory manner
  • that victims should, as far as is reasonably practicable, be able to understand information they are given and be understood in any information they provide
  • that victims should have their needs taken into consideration
  • that, when dealing with victims who are children, the best interests of the child should be considered, taking into account the child's age, maturity, views, needs and concerns
  • that victims should be protected from—
    • (i) secondary and repeat victimisation
    • (ii) intimidation
    • (iii) retaliation

Contact

Email: victimsconsultation@gov.scot

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