On 12th December 2013, the Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Bill was passed by the Scottish Parliament. The Bill received Royal Assent in January 2014, and the various measures in the Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Act (‘the 2014 Act’) will be brought into force over 2014 and 2015. The central aim of the 2014 Act is to improve the experience of victims and witnesses of crime within the Scottish justice system.
A number of changes brought in by the 2014 Act mean that there have been updates to information contained in this booklet since it was published. This leaflet should be read alongside the current guidance booklet to update you on the new provisions