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Evidence from child and vulnerable witnesses 22/06/2017 The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service has published a report looking at the way evidence is taken from child and vulnerable witnesses.

Evidence from child and vulnerable witnesses

The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) has published a report looking at the way evidence is taken from child and vulnerable witnesses. The Child and Vulnerable Witnesses Project Report on Joint Investigative Interviews makes a total of 33 wide-ranging recommendations that open the way to wider use of audio-visual recording of evidence from children and vulnerable witnesses.

The Report forms the next stage of the ongoing Evidence and Procedure Review and follows on from two previous documents, the 2015 Evidence and Procedure Review Report and last year’s Evidence and Procedure Review – Next Steps.

“The Evidence and Procedure Review is intended to take us towards a criminal justice system at the forefront of best practice in relation to children and vulnerable witnesses,” said SCTS Chief Executive Eric McQueen. “This Report is part of that journey, identifying how best to capture complete, reliable and accurate evidence as soon as possible after an incident is reported.”

“If we get that initial process right, the chances are increased of a child or vulnerable witness not having to give their evidence again if there are legal proceedings. It also increases the chance of a trial process that is fair to all concerned, and minimises the risk of further trauma to any alleged victim or witness,” he continued.

Further details are available here.

The full report is here.

 

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