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.
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|