witnesses

Young witnesses in criminal proceedings: a progress report on 'Measuring up' (2009)

Briefing paper which revisits the recommendations and identifies progress made on 'Measuring up'. It also highlights where further action is needed.

It is based on discussions at two seminars held in June and September 2010 and a review of current criminal justice business plans and ‘Big Society’ policy pronouncements. The seminars were attended by senior members of the judiciary, legal profession and civil service.

Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2004

This Act of Scottish Parliament outlines the legislation relating to vulnerable witnesses, such as children, who give evidence in either criminal or civil proceedings.

Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2004

This Act of the Scottish Parliament relating to Criminal Procedure, is in four parts.

Part 1 deals with court procedures as they relate to the High Court of Justiciary.

Part 2 relates to trials in the High Court and the sheriff court. It also amends the time limits and citation provisions which are common to both courts.

Part 3 amends the provisions of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 in relation to bail.

The public inquiry into the shootings at Dunblane Primary School on 13 March 1996

This report sets out the findings of the Cullen Inquiry following the shootings at Dunblane Primary School by Thomas Hamilton on 13 March 1996. The aim of the Inquiry was to clarify the exact circumstances leading up to and surrounding the incident, and to provide recommendations to safeguard the public against the misuse of firearms and other issues raised by the investigation.

Key recommendations include improved school security; the certification of firearms; and the vetting and supervision of adults working with children.

Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Act 2002

This Act of Scottish Parliament creates the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner. It is the Commissioner's responsibility to investigate any complaints about the conduct of a member of the Parliament.

The Act is in four parts. Part 1 describes the appointment, functions and directions of the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner; Part 2 details the provisions for investigation of complaints; Parts 3 and 4 contain general and supplementary information.

Measuring up?: evaluating implementation of government commitments to young witnesses in criminal proceedings

In 2004 the NSPCC and Victim Support described the experiences of 50 young witnesses in their report In Their Own Words. The report concluded that, despite a raft of policies and procedures intended to facilitate children's evidence, their experiences revealed an implementation gap between policy and delivery. This is the executive summary of a study that considers whether the implementation gap has narrowed since 2004.

A strategic vision for victims and witnesses : 2007-2012 and beyond

Document from Victim Support in Scotland setting out in detail their strategy for putting the needs of victims and witnesses at the heart of the justice system and the actions and policies they will pursue to achieve this outcome.

Child witness support

Consultation document that contains individual sections on a system of integrated support for child witnesses, guidance on investigative interviewing, the provision of pre-court therapy, the conduct of court familiarisation visits, the questioning of children in court, and a format for communicating information about child witnesses throughout the legal process.

Courtroom scenario

'Courtroom scenario' is suitable for a module or learning opportunity on working in courts. These materials will enable users to: perform confidently in relation to court processes and systems; appreciate good practice when giving evidence; develop understanding of, and skills in responding to cross-examination; and identify involvement in the court room as a positive element of practice.