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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.


Footnotes

1. Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992 (legislation.gov.uk)

2. Automatic reporting restrictions also extend to an offence of human trafficking under section 2 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015: Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992 (legislation.gov.uk)

3. Sexual Offences Act 2003 (legislation.gov.uk)

4. Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992 (legislation.gov.uk)

5. Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992 (legislation.gov.uk)

6. How should complainer anonymity for sexual offences be introduced in Scotland? Learning the international lessons of #LETHERSPEAK, Andrew Tickell, forthcoming piece in EdinLR: Edinburgh Law Review : (euppublishing.com)

7. ibid

8. ibid

9. View - Tasmanian Legislation Online

10. eroc-marque-submission-may.pdf (marquelawyers.com.au)

11. View - Tasmanian Legislation Online

12. ibid, section 194K(9)

13. Section 228-A (Disclosure of identity of the victim of certain offences etc.); sub section (1)

14. For the purpose of this section, "recognized welfare institution or organization" means a social welfare institution or organization recognized in this behalf by the Central or State Government

15. Reporting on Sexual Assault in India - Center for Media Engagement - Center for Media Engagement

16. Criminal Procedure Act 2011 No 81 (as at 01 April 2021), Public Act 203 Automatic suppression of identity of complainant in specified sexual cases – New Zealand Legislation

17. Automatic anonymity applies to a person accused or convicted of an offence against any of sections 128 to 142A or 144A of the Crimes Act 1961.

18. Criminal Procedure Act 2011 No 81 (as at 01 April 2021), Public Act 203 Automatic suppression of identity of complainant in specified sexual cases – New Zealand Legislation

19. Criminal Procedure Act 2011 No 81 (as at 21 December 2021), Public Act 200 Court may suppress identity of defendant – New Zealand Legislation

20. Criminal Procedure Act 2011 No 81 (as at 05 October 2021), Public Act 211 Offences and penalties – New Zealand Legislation

21. Canada_Criminal Code.pdf (legislationline.org)

22. Section 486.1(1), Canada_Criminal Code.pdf (legislationline.org)

23. Section 787(1), ibid

24. Different penalties are generally provided for in respect of corporations

25. A penalty unit value is adjusted every year based on consumer price index (CPI) movements in the previous year

26. The Canadian Criminal Code does not contain an explicit power either for the complainer, the court or any other party e.g. prosecutor, to revoke or set anonymity side. However, see R v Adams [1995] 4 S.C.R. 707 for judicial interpretation of the powers of the court to revoke anonymity once an order has been made: R. v. Adams - SCC Cases (scc-csc.ca)

Contact

Email: victimsconsultation@gov.scot

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