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Victims and Witnesses Bill passed, 12/12/13 [S]

The Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Bill was passed at Stage 3 on 12 December 2013.

This will for the first time place the interests of victims and witnesses at the heart of reforms to Scotlandís justice system by requiring justice organisations to publish clear standards of service in relation to victims and witnesses. It will also improve support for vulnerable witnesses. It means criminals will now be made to pay into a fund to help support the needs of victims of crime.

The bill will also create a confidential forum allowing those placed in institutional care as children to recount and receive acknowledgement of experiences, including abuse and neglect.

For full details see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 12 December 2013 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 12 December 2013

Scottish Government news release