18th November: Why the need for a Victims’ Commissioner role for Scotland?

2nd December: Implementing Lady Dorrian’s review of the management of sexual offences, abolishing the not proven verdict, and reforming the law on corroboration

 



The Scottish Government’s Programme for Government 2021/22 includes important reforms to Scottish justice.   On behalf of Glasgow’s Third Sector Justice Network, GTSIN are hosting a series of briefing sessions, with expert speakers, to inform Glasgow’s third sector about the proposed changes to help them shape their own work.
 

These briefing sessions will be short – no more than one hour – and online, to make it as easy as possible for people to join in.   The format will be a short presentation from an expert speaker, followed by a Question & Answer Session.    

The first two sessions have now been arranged, with details below. 

Details of further sessions will be announced before Christmas.   We are looking forward to welcoming the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, as well as sessions looking at changes to the prison estate and the new Community Justice framework. 

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Session 1

Why the need for a Victims’ Commissioner role for Scotland?

Thursday 18 November 2021,  10 am – 11 am

Speakers:
Mike Findlay, Head of Communications and External Affairs, Victim Support Scotland.
Margaret Smith, Policy, Planning & Development Officer, Community Justice Glasgow

Followed by Q&A and discussion. 
Event will be held on Zoom, joining details to be sent out before the event. 

“Empowering & Protecting Victims of Crime through Improving Services.
We will . . . prepare for the necessary legislative process to appoint a Victims’ Commissioner, who will provide an independent voice for victims, champion their views and encourage policy makers and criminal justice agencies to put victims’ rights at the heart of justice.”
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Extract from Scottish Government Programme for Government 2021/22)

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Session 2

Implementing Lady Dorrian’s review of the management of sexual offences, abolishing the not proven verdict, and reforming the law on corroboration

Thursday 2 December 2021, 10 am – 11 am

Speaker:  Sandy Brindley, CEO, Rape Crisis Scotland

Followed by Q&A and discussion. 
Event will be held on Zoom, joining details to be sent out before the event. 

“We will introduce legislation to protect the anonymity of all complainers of sexual crimes under Scots law. And we will give serious consideration to the recommendations of the Dorrian Review, including the introduction of specialist courts, and allowing victims to prerecord their evidence.”

“During this year, we will launch a public consultation on the three verdict system and whether the not proven verdict should be abolished. We will also consider reform of the corroboration rule, engaging with justice partners, opposition parties and people with direct experience of the criminal justice system to develop a shared understanding of the evolving legal position, and the implications and potential unintended consequences of corroboration reform, including in relation to sexual crimes.”
(
Extract from Scottish Government Programme for Government 2021/22 )

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