Member Login  |   Join Us  |  Resources  |  FAQs  |  News  |  Events  |  Contact Us  


  Search for a Solicitor Advocate

 contact@solicitoradvocates.org

Follow us   

 

General

Victim statement expansion 05/09/2019 The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on whether more victims should have a voice in court to explain how crime has affected them.

Victim statement expansion

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on whether more victims should have a voice in court to explain how crime has affected them. Victims of stalking are among those who could get the right to explain to courts how they have personally suffered as a result of crime.

At present, victims of violent crimes and people affected by a murder have the option of making a written victim statement about the impact a crime has had upon them to be considered by sheriffs and judges as part of the sentencing process.

The new consultation asks if victims of all serious crimes - including human trafficking, domestic abuse and religiously aggravated offences - should have this option.

New ways to use technology to lessen the burden on victims when making a statement are also up for consideration.

“The long-term fall in crime over the last decade means fewer people fall prey to criminals in Scotland, but any experience of a serious crime can be traumatic and the fallout can affect many parts of a victim’s life,” said Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf.

“Victim statements are a way of giving people the option of having their voice heard in court to tell their side of the story – how they and their loved ones have been impacted by the crime,” he added. “For maximum effectiveness the system must keep pace with technology and changes to the criminal law and we are committed to ensuring the voices of victims are represented as we continue developing victim support.”

The consultation can be found here.

 

Find a Solicitor Advocate
Looking for a solicitor advocate to
represent you or your client?
Learn more
 
 

Sitemap  |  Privacy and legal  |  Accessibility  |  Cookies Policy  |  Terms and Conditions  |  Scam Alert

© Copyright 2012 The Society of Solicitor Advocates

Website by Red Towers (Scotland) Limited