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Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Act 2007

Section 36: Victim notification scheme

215.Section 36 amends section 16 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003 to confer upon the current carers of children under the age of 14 in cases where the victim of a crime has died, the right, on the child’s behalf to;

  • receive from Scottish Ministers certain information regarding the victim’s assailant’s release into the community

  • receive certain information regarding Parole Board review hearings and licence conditions from the Parole Board.

  • make representations to the Parole Board prior to a decision being taken on the release (and the licence conditions) of the offender and, in certain circumstances where decisions upon licence conditions are taken by the Scottish Ministers to make representations to the Scottish Ministers prior to a decision being taken by them on licence conditions and to receive certain information concerning licence conditions from the Scottish Ministers

These rights remain with the current carers until the child attains the age of 14 years when the rights transfer to the child in his or her own right.

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