Consultation on widening the scope of the current victim statement scheme

A national consultation is under way on the victim statement scheme.

The consultation is likely to be particularly of interest to organisations working with victims of crime.

The Scottish Government is consulting on widening the scope of the current statement scheme.

In Scotland, victims of the most serious crimes may be eligible to make such a statement.

This is a written statement that gives a victim the chance to tell the court – in their own words – how a crime has affected them physically, emotionally and financially.

In reaching their sentencing decision, the Judge or Sheriff will take into account a number of different factors, reports and other information available to them, including the victim statement.

The consultation is a key part of ensuring that victims’ voices are represented to help decide how the current list of offences, which carry the right to make a victim statement, should be updated and which offences should be included.

It will also help consider whether new ways should be piloted for victim statements to be made to the court and to obtain views on any other aspects of the current process that could be improved. The consultation will be open until November 24.

For more information and to access the consultation visit current-victim-statement-scheme/

* A consultation discussion event is being held in Edinburgh on Friday. Tickets can be booked from the Eventbrite link victim-statement-consultation-event-tickets