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Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2014

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. General principles

    1. 1.General principles

    2. 1A.Further general principles applicable to victims

  3. Standards of service

    1. 2.Standards of service

    2. 3.Reports

  4. Complaints

    1. 3A.Complaints

  5. Provision of information to victims

    1. 3B.The Victims’ Code for Scotland

    2. 3C.Victims’ right to receive information

  6. Provision of support to victims

    1. 3D.Referral to providers of victim support services

  7. Assistance to communicate

    1. 3E.Victims’ right to understand and be understood

    2. 3F.Victims’ right to interpretation and translation

  8. Acknowledgement of complaints

    1. 3G.Written acknowledgement of complaints

  9. Reimbursement of expenses

    1. 3H.Victims’ right to reimbursement of expenses

  10. Return of property

    1. 3I.Victims’ right to return of property

  11. Offences committed in another Member State

    1. 3J.Offences committed in another Member State

  12. Rules: review of decision not to prosecute

    1. 4.Rules: review of decision not to prosecute

  13. Restorative justice

    1. 5.Restorative justice

  14. Disclosure of information

    1. 6.Disclosure of information about criminal proceedings

  15. Interviews

    1. 7.Interviews with children: guidance

    2. 8.Certain offences: victim's right to specify gender of interviewer

  16. Medical examinations

    1. 9.Certain medical examinations: gender of medical examiner

  17. Criminal investigations

    1. 9A.Victims’ right to protection during criminal investigations

    2. 9B.Individual assessment of victims in criminal investigations

    3. 9C.Measures to assist victims in criminal investigations

  18. Protection of victims

    1. 9D.Right to avoid contact between victim and offender

    2. 9E.Victims’ right to protection of privacy

  19. Vulnerable witnesses

    1. 10.Vulnerable witnesses: main definitions

    2. 11.Child and deemed vulnerable witnesses

    3. 12.Child and deemed vulnerable witnesses: standard special measures

    4. 13.Objections to special measures: child and deemed vulnerable witnesses

    5. 14.Child witnesses

    6. 15.Reporting of proceedings involving children

    7. 16.Other vulnerable witnesses: assessment and application

    8. 17.Objections to special measures: other vulnerable witnesses

    9. 18.Review of arrangements for vulnerable witnesses

    10. 19.Temporary additional special measures

    11. 20.Special measures: closed courts

    12. 21.Power to prescribe further special measures

    13. 22.Vulnerable witnesses: civil proceedings

  20. Victim statements

    1. 23.Victim statements

  21. Sentencing

    1. 24.Duty to consider making compensation order

    2. 25.Restitution order

    3. 26.Victim surcharge

  22. Release of offender: victim's rights

    1. 27.Victim's right to receive information about release of offender etc.

    2. 27A. Notification of victims in relation to release etc. of short term prisoners

    3. 28.Life prisoners: victim's right to make oral representations before release on licence

    4. 29.Temporary release: victim's right to make representations

  23. Child victims

    1. 29A.Exercise of functions where victim is a child

  24. Deceased victims

    1. 29B.Application of Act where victim’s death caused by offence

  25. National Confidential Forum

    1. 30.National Confidential Forum

    2. 31.NCF: constitution and operation

  26. General

    1. 32.Interpretation

    2. 33.Ancillary provision

    3. 34.Commencement

    4. 35.Short title

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