The Lord Advocate, James Wolffe QC has welcomed the publication today of the ‘Review of victim care in the justice sector in Scotland’.
The Lord Advocate said:
“I welcome the publication of the Victim Review carried out by the former Solicitor General, Dr Lesley Thomson QC. This recommends ways in which the justice system could better serve victims of crime. I thank her for her work.
“In recent years the Crown has effected a remarkable change in its approach to victims. I am proud that the Service which I now lead has been at the forefront, in Scotland, of recognising the needs and rights of victims of crime. Our VIA officers work hard to provide appropriate information to victims, and to assist and support victims through the criminal justice process. Where they can, they will signpost victims to other agencies which can provide other types of support. But it is clear that there continue to be systemic aspects of the criminal justice system which cause difficulties for victims. Prosecutors cannot, on their own, address these issues.
“The Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service agrees that the recommendations in Dr Thomson’s review represent the right way forward, and will now commence work, with other justice agencies, on the practical implications.”