Legislation / Legal

ScotGov: The forthcoming Criminal Justice & Licensing Bill will provide greater support for victims of crime - as well as helping police prevent & combat criminal activities, Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill claimed when addressing the recent Victim Support Scotland's European Victims' Week conference in Glasgow, where delegates discussed the role of local & national government, the voluntary sector and the wider community in supporting victims of crime.
The Bill will include measures to:
* create new Witness anonymity orders
* extend support for vulnerable witnesses to all criminal proceedings in Sheriff and High Courts, not just during trials
* improve the courts' flexibility to award compensation, thus helping victims of crime achieve greater satisfaction
* make it easier for prosecutors to obtain criminal Non-Harassment Orders against offenders so that victims are protected from further harassment and repeat offending
Press release ~ ScotGov - Law, Order & Public Safety ~ Victim Support Scotland ~ Criminal Justice & Licensing Bill