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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-16357: Kezia Dugdale (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 3 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on legislating to ensure that no rape complainer is compelled to give evidence in court.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 16 May 2018

Prosecution policy is a matter for the Lord Advocate.

The Scottish Government will continue to work with key justice partners, including Crown Office, Police Scotland and the Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service, and with third sector organisations such as Rape Crisis Scotland to deliver its key commitments within the Equally Safe Delivery Plan. This includes developing a victim-centred approach to the justice system and encouraging the increased use of pre-recorded evidence to minimise the requirement to give evidence in court.