Will the Victim Statement scheme secure greater participation for victims in the criminal justice process?

Derek Brookes, Steve Kirkwood

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Abstract

From 25 November 2003 to 24 November 2005, a pilot Victim Statement (VS) scheme operated in Ayr, Edinburgh and Kilmarnock. The scheme aimed to provide an opportunity to victims of prescribed offences to make a statement about the personal impact of the crime, once a decision to prosecute had been taken. The Scottish Government is now considering plans to extend the scheme to all cases heard before a judge in the High Court or a sheriff and jury, as part of their strategy to “put victims at the heart of the criminal justice system” (Scotsman 2007). This paper is a response to the Government’s invitation for external parties to submit views on the practical implementation of the VS scheme.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherCJScotland
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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