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Domestic abuse court for Edinburgh 13/12/2011 A domestic abuse court is to be piloted at Edinburgh Sheriff Court

Domestic abuse court for Edinburgh

A domestic abuse court is to be piloted at Edinburgh Sheriff Court. The specialist court aims to improve the way in which allegations of domestic abuse are dealt with in the criminal justice system.

Specialist prosecutors, police liaison officers, advocacy workers and Sheriffs will combine to deal with all domestic abuse prosecutions from the South and East Command Area of the city. All domestic abuse offences committed in these areas from 9th December onwards will be dealt with by this new multi-agency approach. The first court will be held on 7th February 2012.

"This pilot will allow the prosecution and our Victim Information and Advice service to continue to show its strong response to this crime and build a better service to victims through multi-agency specialist working," said Adrian Cottam, Assistant District Procurator Fiscal at Edinburgh, who led on the development of the pilot on behalf of COPFS.

The pilot court expects to deal with approximately 20-30 cases of domestic abuse a month, with a dedicated court for procedural and trial diets every second Tuesday in Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

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