Dean welcomes publication of Evidence and Procedure Review – Next Steps

26 Feb


Major changes to summary criminal procedures and the taking of evidence from children and vulnerable witnesses are proposed by the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) in a report, Evidence and Procedure Review – Next Steps.

The SCTS is recommending a digital case management system in summary cases and a new approach to allow the evidence of children and vulnerable witnesses to be recorded “outwith the pressures of the court environment.”

James Wolffe, QC, Dean of Faculty, commented: “I welcome the publication by SCTS of Evidence and Procedure Review – Next Steps. I am glad that it acknowledges the fundamental importance of a fair trial. At the heart of the Review’s proposals in relation to children and vulnerable witnesses is a recognition that lawyers who examine such witnesses must have a high level of skill and training if we are to maintain that fundamental right, whilst obtaining the best quality evidence and treating all those who participate in the justice system fairly.”

He added: “The Faculty of Advocates is committed to promoting the highest standards of effective advocacy; and I look forward to working closely with the Courts Service as it develops its thinking.”

The report is at