David Stewart MSP

Highlands and Islands MSP Launches Public Consultation on Victims’ Commissioner

06 April 2009

David Stewart, Highlands and Islands regional Labour MSP, has launched a public consultation document for a Victims’ Commissioner for Scotland.

Mr Stewart said: “One million people are victims of crime in Scotland each year and frequently this is a traumatic and deeply upsetting experience.

“The criminal justice system should always consider the needs of the victim and a Victims’ Commissioner for Scotland would champion the rights of victims and witnesses to crime.

“It is ironic that convicted prisoners have their own Commissioner, while victims do not.

“By launching this consultation document, I hope to asses the level of support from within key groups involved in the justice system and various organisations who are already supporting the victims of crime.”

Mr Stewart added: “Victim’s Commissioners already operate in Northern Ireland and only last week I met with Sara Payne, the recently appointed Victim’s Champion for England and Wales.

“There is an increasing acknowledgement that the needs of the victims of crime should be centre stage in the judicial system.

“I have issued some three hundred consultation booklets and hope to get a positive response so I can take my Bill to the Scottish Parliament for further scrutiny.”

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April 7, 2009 at 6:46 pm

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