Date lodged: 11 October 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether a victim's commissioner directly engaging with and listening to the views of victims and witnesses, and who is tasked with helping to improve victim services and support, is worthy of consideration.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 25 October 2018
I refer the member to the question S5O-02412 answered on 27 September 2018. The answer to the oral parliamentary question is available on the Parliaments website, the Official Report can be viewed at: http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/report.aspx?r=11689&i=105876
Further to this, I recently announced that I am establishing a dedicated Victims Task Force. This Task Force will drive delivery of our commitments made in Programme for Government - to ensure victims' voices are heard, to streamline their journey through the criminal justice system, and to provide wide-ranging support and accessible information throughout the process. It will be informed by direct evidence from victims on their experiences of the justice system, and the conversations I have had, and will continue to have, with victims and the families of victims of crime.