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Victims' Right To Review

Please be aware that from 1 July 2015, you, as a victim of crime in Scotland, have the right to a review of a decision by us not to prosecute, made on or after 1 July 2015. You should if possible apply for a review within one month of the date you are informed of our decision not to prosecute. Generally you would be told of the review decision within 20 working days.

docxApplication form to request a review 251.83 KB
pdfLord Advocate’s Rules: Review of a Decision Not to Prosecute – Section 4 of The Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2014118.21 KB

 

Review of victim care in the justice sector in Scotland

A Victim Review carried out by the former Solicitor General, Dr Lesley Thomson QC which recommends ways in which the justice system could better serve victims of crime.

Review of Victim Care in the Justice Sector in Scotland.pdf

 

Victims and Witnesses

You may have a lot of questions about what to expect. The relevant COPFS booklets listed above will be sent to you if you are cited to be a witness but you can read them now by clicking on the links above.

We hope they help answer some of your questions for example about what to bring to court, what will happen when you get there and what expenses you can claim and how.

If you are eligible for the Victim Information and Advice service you will also be sent leaflets which give more information about the various aspects of the court process. 

 

Victim’s Code for Scotland

As a victim of crime you have rights. The Victims' Code for Scotland sets out these rights and who to contact for help and advice.

 

Prosecution Code

This Prosecution Code sets out the criteria for decision making and the range of options available to prosecutors dealing with reports of crime. Further information on Prosecution Policy and Guidance can be found here.


Standards of Service reports

pdfStandards of Service annual report 2016-17docxStandards of Service annual report 2016-17

pdfStandards of Service 2017-18docxStandards of Service 2017-18

pdfStandards of Service Annual Report 2015-16 

pdfStandards of Service 2016-17

 

Access to Information Protocol

The Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2014

The central objective of the Victim and Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2014 (the Act) is to improve the experience of victims and witnesses within the criminal justice system in Scotland.  One of the key provisions is that victims and witnesses have a legal right to request certain information about their case.

pdfAccess to Information Protocol – July 2015119.62 KB

 pdfAccess to Information Protocol - easy read version60.8 KB

docAccess to Information Protocol - COPFS Application Form – July 201560 KB

docAccess to Information Protoccol - Scottish Court Service Request Form39.5 KB

 

Victims’ Rights (Scotland) Regulations 2015

pdfVictims Rights - Return of Property 120.43 KB

 

pdfVictims and Witnesses Bill - Consultation Paper - COPFS Response.pdf52.88 KB

COPFS welcomes the opportunity to provide a response to the consultation paper on the Victims and Witnesses Bill. This Bill represents the commitment of the Scottish Government to improve the experience of victims and witnesses, a commitment which is shared by COPFS.

 


pdfOur Commitments to Victims and Prosecution Witnesses - Information Booklet 209.95 KB

pdfArabic - Our Commitment to Victims and Witnesses - Arabic تحدد هذه النشرة إلتزامنا نحوك بصفتك ضحية أو بصفتك شاهد للادعاء العام. وبأمكانك أن تطلع على المزيد في نشرة المعلومات "إلتزامنا نحو الضحايا وشهود الادعاء العام – نشرة معلومات. 

pdfFarsi - Our Commitment to Victims and Witnesses - Farsi. در این بروشور، تعهدات ما در قبال شما به عنوان قربانی یا شاهد برای تعقیب کیفری تدوین شده است

pdfFrench - Our Commitment to Victims and Witnesses - French. Ce dépliant présente nos engagements envers vous en tant que victime ou témoin pour la partie civile. Pour plus de renseignements, veuillez consulter le dépliant : “Our Commitments to Victims and Prosecution Witnesses” (Notre engagement envers les victime

pdfGaelic - Our Commitment to Victims and Witnesses - Gaelic. Tha am bileag seo a' cur an cèill ar dleastanais ribh mar neach-fuiling neo neach-fianaise-cùirte. Gheibh sibh tuilleadh fios o "Ar Dleastanais ri Luchd-Fuiling agus Luchd-Fianaise-Cùirte - Leabhran Fiosrachaidh

pdfPolish - Our Commitment to Victims and Witnesses - Polish. Niniejsza ulotka ma na celu opisanie naszych zobowiązań wobec ofiar przestępstw i świadków oskarżenia. Dodatkowe informacje można znaleźć w broszurze "Nasze zobowiązania wobec ofiar przestępstw i świadków oskarżenia - Broszura Informacyjna

pdfRussian - Our Commitment to Victims and Witnesses - Russian. В этом буклете изложены наши обязательства по отношению к вам в качестве потерпевшего или свидетеля обвинения. Более подробная информация содержится в брошюре "Наши обязательства по отношению к потерпевшим и свидетелям обвинения - Информационная брошюра


pdfBeing a Witness - High Court leaflet548.21 KB

pdfBeing a Witness - Sheriff and Jury Court leaflet280.09 KB

pdfBeing a Witness - Sheriff Court343.65 KB

pdfBeing a Witness in the Justice of the Peace Court333.73 KB


 

pdfGuidance booklet for an Expert Witnesses420.72 KB


pdfHow We Can Help You - June 15.pdf114.95 KB

pdfHow we can help you - Albanian June 1543.04 KB

pdfHow can we help you - Arabic Jan 15.pdf151.16 KB

pdfHow we can help you - Bengali June 15141.89 KB

pdfHow can we help you - Bosnian June 15174.48 KB

pdfHow we can help you - Cantonese Jan 15.pdf259.48 KB

pdfHow we can help you - Czechoslovakian June 1596.35 KB

pdfHow can we help you - Farsi Jan 15.pdf741.25 KB

pdfHow we can help you - French Jan 15.pdf62.13 KB

pdfHow we can help you - German Jan 15.pdf82.85 KB

pdfHow we can help you - Hindi Jan 15.pdf761.38 KB

pdfHow we can help you - Hungarian June 15142.46 KB

pdfHow we can help you - Italian June 1546.75 KB

pdfHow we can help you - Kurdish Jan 15.pdf79.17 KB

pdfHow we can help you - Latvian June 15138.92 KB

pdfHow we can help you - Lithuanian June 1582.09 KB

pdfHow we can help you - Mandarin Jan 15.pdf340.41 KB

pdfHow we can help you- Nepalese June 15128.76 KB

pdfHow we can help you - Polish June 15780.04 KB

pdfHow we can help you - Portuguese June 1561.23 KB

pdfHow we can help you - Punjabi Jan 15.pdf63.63 KB

pdfHow can we help you -Pushtu Jan 15.pdf231.59 KB

pdfHow we can help you - Romanian June 1571.06 KB

pdfHow can we help you - Russian Jan 15.pdf105.67 KB

pdfHow we can help you - Slovakian June 15164.42 KB

pdfHow we can help you - Spanish Jan 15.pdf51.86 KB

pdfHow we can help you - Turkish June 15410.61 KB

pdfHow we can help you - Ukrainian June 15145.13 KB

 


 

pdfAdvice for Victims of Hate Crime - English - June 151.63 MB

pdfAdvice for Victims of Hate crime - Czechoslovakian Jan 15.pdf86.32 KB

pdfAdvice for Victims of Hate crime - Lithuanian - June 1580.25 KB

pdfAdvice for Victims of Hate crime - Mandarin Jan 15.pdf265.07 KB

pdfAdvice for Victims of Hate crime - Nepalese Jan 15.pdf134.19 KB

pdfAdvice for Victims of Hate crime - Polish June 15648.95 KB

pdfAdvice for Victims of Hate crime - Punjabi Jan 15.pdf49.26 KB

pdfAdvice for Victims of Hate Crime - Romanian June 1582.28 KB

pdfAdvice for Victims of Hate crime - Urdu.pdf694.73 KB

 


Right to Review

Please be aware that from 1 July 2015, you, as a victim of crime in Scotland, have the right to a review of a decision by us not to prosecute, made on or after 1 July 2015. You should if possible apply for a review within one month of the date you are informed of our decision not to prosecute. Generally you would be told of the review decision within 20 working days. 

 

pdfAdvice for Victims of Domestic Abuse - English - Aug 2015517.87 KB 

 


 Right to Review

Please be aware that from 1 July 2015, you, as a victim of crime in Scotland, have the right to a review of a decision by us not to prosecute, made on or after 1 July 2015. You should if possible apply for a review within one month of the date you are informed of our decision not to prosecute. Generally you would be told of the review decision within 20 working days.

 

pdfAdvice for Victims of Sexual Crimes Solemn Proceedings Aug 2015701.82 KB

pdfAdvice for Victims of Sexual Crimes Summary Proceedings Aug 2015648.17 KB

 


 

pdfInformation about Summary Trials - English June 155.08 MB

pdfInformation about Summary Trials - Bengali June 15172.38 KB

pdfInformation about Summary trials - Cantonese Jan 15.pdf187.21 KB

pdfInformation about Summary trials - Latvian June 15234.15 KB

pdfInformation about Summary trials - Lithuanian June 15156.73 KB

pdfInformation about Summary trials - Mandarin June 15179.79 KB

pdfInformation about Summary trials - Nepalese June 15117.37 KB

pdfInformation about Summary trials - Polish Jan 15.pdf111.68 KB

pdfInformation about Summary trials - Portuguese June 15207.77 KB

pdfInformation about Summary trials - Punjabi Jan 15.pdf295.57 KB

pdfInformation about Summary trials - Romanian June 15228.69 KB

pdfInformation about Summary trials - Russian Jan 15.pdf155.25 KB

pdfInformation about Summary trials - Slovakian June 15176.72 KB

pdfInformation about Summary trials - Turkish Jan 15.pdf132.32 KB

pdfInformation about Summary trials - Urdu Jan 15.pdf397.75 KB

 


 

pdfInformation about the Petition Procedure - English June 153.62 MB

pdfInformation about the Petition Procedure - Bosnian June 153.24 MB

pdfInformation about the Petition Procedure - German June 15261.25 KB

pdfInformation about the Petition Procedure - Italian June 1562.58 KB

pdfInformation about the Petition Procedure - Mandarin Jan 15.pdf165.32 KB

pdfInformation about the Petition Procedure - Polish June 15315.36 KB

pdfInformation about the Petition Procedure - Pushtu Jan 15.pdf317.62 KB

pdfInformation about the Petition Procedure - Slovakian Jan 15.pdf173.6 KB

pdfInformation about the Petition Procedure Spanish June 15107.12 KB

 


 

pdfInformation about Sheriff and Jury trials June 15 167.45 KB

pdfInformation about Sheriff and Jury trials - Albanian June 2015 54.62 KB

pdfInformation about Sheriff and Jury trials - Bengali June 1595.13 KB

pdfInformation about Sheriff and Jury trials - Cantonese June 15163.23 KB

pdfInformation about Sheriff and Jury trials - Czechoslovakian Jan 15.pdf184.36 KB

pdfInformation about Sheriff and Jury trials - Estonian June 1547.69 KB

pdfInformation about Sheriff and Jury trials - German June 1543.51 KB

pdfInformation about Sheriff and Jury trials - Kurdish Jan 15.pdf161.91 KB

pdfInformation about Sheriff and Jury trials - Lithuanian June 15183.09 KB

pdfInformation about Sheriff and Jury trials - Polish June 15113.95 KB

pdfInformation about Sheriff and Jury trials - Portuguese June 1551.77 KB

pdfInformation about Sheriff and Jury trials - Punjabi Jan 15.pdf92.59 KB

pdfInformation about Sheriff and Jury trials - Romanian June 15105.25 KB

pdfInformation about Sheriff and Jury trials - Russian June 15118.26 KB

pdfInformation about Sheriff and Jury trials - Somali Jan 15.pdf71.26 KB

pdfInformation about Sheriff and Jury trials - Urdu Jan 15.pdf855.46 KB

 pdfInformation about Sheriff and Jury trials - Spanish June 15109.15 KB

pdfInformation about Sheriff and Jury trials -Turkish June 15174.65 KB

 


 

pdfInformation about High Court procedure - June 15100.7 KB

pdfInformation about High Court Procedure -Bengali.pdf2.48 MB

pdfInformation about High Court procedure - Cantonese.pdf345.58 KB

 pdfInformation about High Court procedure - Hungarian - June 15149.55 KB

pdfInformation about High Court procedure - Polish - June 15203.91 KB


pdfInformation about Sentences June 153.88 MB

pdfInformation about Sentences -Bengali Jan 15.pdf184.37 KB

pdfInformation about Sentences - Kurdish Jan 15.pdf126.8 KB

pdfInformation about Sentences - Lithuanian June 15

pdfInformation about Sentences - Mandarin June 15262.58 KB

pdfInformation about Sentences - Polish June 15

pdfInformation about Sentences - Russian June 15196.37 KB

pdfInformation about Sentences - Turkish June 15186.3 KB

 


pdfInformation about Appeals June 1578.54 KB

pdfInformation about Appeals - Kurdish.pdf184.36 KB

pdfInformation about Appeals - Polish - June 15164.32 KB

 

 


pdfInformation about giving your statement Precognition - Polish June 15277.25 KB

pdfInformation about Giving your statement Precognition June 154.21 MB


Right to Review

Please be aware that from 1 July 2015, you, as a victim of crime in Scotland, have the right to a review of a decision by us not to prosecute, made on or after 1 July 2015. You should if possible apply for a review within one month of the date you are informed of our decision not to prosecute. Generally you would be told of the review decision within 20 working days.

pdfInformation for Victims of Human Trafficking - English Aug 2015727.13 KB


 

People with Learning Disability

pdfPeople with Learning Disabilities and the Scottish Criminal Justice System916.96 KB

You may find the following "Easy Read" versions of the above booklet helpful:

pdfIntroduction 779.46 KB

pdfInformation about the Court725.18 KB

pdfInformation about Criminal Justice Social Work Services238.66 KB

pdfInformation about Prison Services278.09 KB

pdfInformation about Prosecution and Defence773.52 KB

pdfInformation about the Police216.7 KB

pdfInformation about Health and Social Work Services281.13 KB


Victim of Crime Leaflets - translated into: Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Gaelic, Hindi, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Punjabi, Russian and Urdu.

Victim Notification Scheme: Short/Long term offenders, additional info leaflet -translated into: Polish

Victim Notification Scheme - Long-Term Offenders and Offenders with Extended Sentences: Guidance for Victims  - translated into: Polish, Slovak, Latvian, Lithuanian, Cantonese, Mandarin & Arabic 

Victim Notification Scheme - Short-Term Sex Offenders: Guidance for Victims

Victim Notification Scheme - Making a Victim Statement - Guidance for victims making a victim statement, translated into: Albanian, Bengali, Cantonese, Estonian, French Canadian, Greek, Latvian, Lithuanian, Mandarin, Nepalese, Pashto, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Tigrinya, Urdu.

Being a Witness - Going to Court  - A booklet for adult witnesses in criminal and children's hearing court proceedings.

Being a Witness - the Use of Special Measures booklet  - A booklet for adult witnesses in criminal and children's hearing court proceedings. 

Being a witness: An information booklet for young people in Criminal Proceedings

Being a witness: Helping people with learning disabilities who go to court: A guide for carers -A guide for carers, intended to help them support someone they care for with a learning disability, if that person is asked to be a witness and needs to go to court.  

Being a Witness: I am a Witness in Court: A Guide for People with Learning Disabilities - A guide for people with learning disabilities who have been asked to be a witness in court. 

Being a Witness: A Booklet for Children in Criminal Proceedings

Your child is a witness: a booklet for parents and carers 

Information for Bereaved Families and Friends Following Murder or Culpable Homicide

Information to assist victims following rape or sexual assault

 

Information on other publications which you might find helpful is available on the Scottish Government Victims and Witnesses publications page, and their Victims of Crime in Scotland page.