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Making the justice system more accessible 12/07/2018 An ‘easy read’ version of the Victims’ Code for Scotland has been launched to help victims with communications difficulties understand their rights

Making the justice system more accessible

An ‘easy read’ version of the Victims’ Code for Scotland has been launched to help victims with communications difficulties understand their rights and improve their experience of the justice system.

The Scottish Government has also awarded £50,000 to the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) to develop a speech, language and communication screening tool for use by Appropriate Adults, who help vulnerable individuals with communication difficulties when they are in contact with the police.

“Providing the right help and information to victims and vulnerable people is central to a modern justice system that is fair, transparent and efficient for all,” said Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf. “We have already introduced a range of measures to ensure that those who rely on our justice system have confidence that their voice will be heard and the two measures announced today will further improve that support.”

The Code can be found here.

 

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