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Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2014

Vulnerable witnesses

Section 18 – Review of arrangements for vulnerable witnesses

47.Section 271D(1)(a) of the 1995 Act previously allowed a party citing or intending to cite a witness to request that the court review the arrangements for taking the witness’s evidence. Section 18 expands this ability to any party to the proceedings so that the non-citing party (normally the defence) can also request the court to review these arrangements.

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