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New Evidence and Hearings Suite for children and vulnerable witnesses 19/11/2019 The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service’s new Evidence and Hearings Suite was opened by The Lord Justice Clerk this week.

New Evidence and Hearings Suite for children and vulnerable witnesses

The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service’s new Evidence and Hearings Suite was opened by The Lord Justice Clerk, Lady Dorrian, this week.

Based in Glasgow, the specialised suite provides facilities to let child witnesses pre-record their evidence and to enable vulnerable witnesses to give evidence remotely away from the formality of a court room. The suite also provides hearing rooms for the Additional Support Needs Tribunal.

“This new Suite will help children and vulnerable witnesses to give their best evidence, and have it tested, in a supportive environment, still respecting the need for a fair trial,” said Lady Dorrian. “Trauma-informed staff will manage the hearings and live TV links to court, taking account of the specific needs or vulnerabilities of the witness. This is another significant step in improving the way in which children and vulnerable witnesses are treated in our criminal justice system.”

Three other suites are to follow, based in Edinburgh, Inverness and Aberdeen.

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