Date lodged: 6 March 2018
To ask the Scottish Government whether it has any plans to establish a commissioner for victims and witnesses.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 16 March 2018
This issue was considered during the passage of the Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2014 and was not widely supported. We remain of the view that the provision of funding for victim support organisations, which represent and provide frontline services for victims and witnesses, is a more effective use of resources.
In this regard, we are providing £17.9 million in 2018-19, to third sector organisations whose work supports victims of crime.