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Support for vulnerable witnesses 14/03/2016 The Scottish Government has published new figures that show vulnerable victims and witnesses are benefiting from more support when giving evidence in court

Support for vulnerable witnesses

The Scottish Government has published new figures that show vulnerable victims and witnesses are benefiting from more support when giving evidence in court. It follows changes brought in last year under the Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2014.

The figures show that more than 13,000 applications for special measures to support vulnerable people in court were made in 2015. This year nearly 3,400 applications were already received by the end of February alone.

Special measures available to vulnerable witnesses include giving evidence via video link, screens in court and having a supporter available while giving evidence.

Recent improvements include extending the automatic eligibility for certain support measures (such as giving evidence via video link); making a closed court available on application, and creating a new category of vulnerability for people likely to suffer significant risk of harm as a result of giving evidence.

Previous measures from the Act were brought into force on 13th August 2014, 30th January 2015 and 1st July 2015. These include:

  • A new right for alleged victims of sexual offences, domestic abuse, human trafficking and stalking to specify the gender of their police interviewer
  • A new right for victims and witnesses to access information about the progress of their case
  • The publications of standards of service

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