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Rights of victims of crime in criminal proceedings - Scotland



Victims' Rights in Scotland

As a victim of crime you have rights.

You have the right to use victim support services even if the crime has not been reported to the police. Such services can provide practical and emotional support to victims of crime.

The Link opens in new windowVictims' Code for Scotland sets out your rights, how to exercise them and who to contact for help and advice. It includes information on your:

  • Right to minimum standards of service - how you'll be treated by criminal justice organisations
  • Right to information - how you'll be updated about your case and what you can ask about
  • Right to participation - being understood, understanding what's happening and telling the court how a crime has affected you
  • Right to protection and protection of privacy - feeling safe and protected from intimidation
  • Right to support - whether you report the crime to the police or not
  • Right to compensation and expenses - such as travel expenses, loss of earnings or compensation if you were injured.
  • Information on the release of an offender (VIctim Notification Scheme)
  • Support for Vulnerable Individuals in Court (Special Measures)

You also have a right to complain if you're unhappy about how an organisation has treated you.

Visit Link opens in new windowmygov.scot to find out more about your rights as a victim of crime at the different steps of the criminal justice process, including Link opens in new windowreporting a crime, Link opens in new windowinvestigation and prosecution, Link opens in new windowif a case goes to court and what happens Link opens in new windowafter the verdict.

You can also read about Link opens in new windowhelp and support for victims of crime.

Click on the links below to find the information that you need

Link opens in new window1 - My rights as a victim of crime

Link opens in new window2 - Reporting a crime and my rights during the investigation or trial

Link opens in new window3 - My rights after trial

Link opens in new window4 - Compensation

Link opens in new window5 - My rights to support and assistance


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Last update: 17/05/2019