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Widening the scope of the current victim statement scheme: consultation analysis

Published: 19 Feb 2021

This report provides an analysis of responses to the Scottish Government’s (SG) consultation on “widening the scope of the current victim statement scheme” which ran from 1 September 2019 until 29 November 2019.

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Widening the scope of the current victim statement scheme: consultation analysis
Background

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Background

In Scotland, victims of the most serious crimes may be eligible to make a victim statement[1]. This is a written statement that gives a victim the chance to tell the court – in their own words – how a crime has affected them physically, emotionally and financially. In reaching their sentencing decision the Judge or Sheriff will take into account a number of different factors, reports and other information available to them, including the victim statement.

The list of offences in relation to which a statement can be made was prescribed in 2009[2]. Since then a number of new, serious offences have come into force in Scotland in relation to which a victim statement cannot be made, for example stalking[3] and the domestic abuse aggravation[4]. In addition, the courts in which a victim statement can be taken into account are limited to solemn proceedings.[5]

The consultation sought views on the current victim statement scheme and on proposed changes relating to:

  • Extending eligibility to make a victim statement
  • Other forms of victim statement
  • Other ways the scheme could be improved

Contact

Email: victim.statement.consultation@gov.scot