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Report of the Evidence and Procedure Review 13/03/2015 The Report was published today by the Scottish Court Service. The Review was a Scottish Court Service research project led by the Lord Justice Clerk, Lord Carloway.

The Report of the Evidence and Procedure Review

The Report was published today by the Scottish Court Service.  The Review was a Scottish Court Service research project led by the Lord Justice Clerk, Lord Carloway, supported by a small reference group.  It aimed to identify the best methods to discover the truth in criminal trials in the modern era, and focused on the greater use of pre-recorded evidence. 

There are two main areas covered by the Report - the evidence of children and vulnerable witnesses, and witness statements in general.  It suggests that there considerable benefits to be had with the greater use of pre-recorded evidence, and that the law, procedures and practice could and should be changed to achieve these benefits.

The Report is a starting point for developing ideas and proposals – the propositions it contains have yet to be tested with other justice organisations, the legal professions and groups representing the interests of victims and witnesses.   The Scottish Court Service will now lead a process to explore the implications of ideas of the Report  with all those with an interest, with the aim of developing proposals for change that will make a real contribution to enhancing the administration of justice in Scotland.

Link to Report: http://www.scotcourts.gov.uk/docs/default-source/aboutscs/reports-and-data/reports-data/evidence-and-procedure-full-report---publication-version-pdf.pdf?sfvrsn=2 

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