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Improving the criminal justice experience for sexual crime victims

A memorandum of understanding has been signed between the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service and Rape Crisis Scotland to help improve the criminal justice system for sexual crime victims.

Under the new agreement Rape Crisis Scotland will share anonymous feedback on victims’ experiences of the criminal justice system and their views on the service provided by COPFS.

The feedback, only provided with the victim’s consent, will be used to identify ways COPFS can improve the service provided to victims of sexual crime.

It will cover, among other things, the way the process was explained, how information was shared and where relevant the person’s experience in court. Victims will also be asked if anything could have been done better by COPFS. 

The Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC and Sandy Brindley from Rape Crisis Scotland signed the memorandum of understanding on 19 December 2017 at Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre.  

Lord Advocate James Wolffe and Sandy Brindley sign MOU