Vulnerable Witnesses (Criminal Evidence) (Scotland) Bill


Stage: 3

A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to make provision about the use of special measures for the purpose of taking the evidence of child witnesses and other vulnerable witnesses in criminal proceedings; to make provision about the procedure relating to taking evidence by commissioner; to make provision about the procedure for authorisation of standard special measures; and for connected purposes.

Current Status of the Bill

This Scottish Government Bill was introduced by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Michael Matheson MSP, on 12 June 2018. The Bill passed Stage 3 on 9 May 2019.

Stage 1

Lead Committee: Justice

Dates of consideration by lead committee:

26 June 2018 (private)

30 October 2018 (private)

20 November 2018 (evidence)

4 December 2018 (evidence)

18 December 2018 (evidence)

8 January 2019 (evidence)

22 January 2019 (private)

Stage 1 Report on the Vulnerable Witnesses (Criminal Evidence) (Scotland) Bill - 24 January 2019

Dates of consideration by other committee(s):

11 September 2018 (Delegated Powers and Law Reform) (private)

25 September 2018 (Delegated Powers and Law Reform) (private)

2 October 2018 (Delegated Powers and Law Reform) (private)

Vulnerable Witnesses (Criminal Evidence) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 - 2 October 2018 

Stage 1 debate, 5 February 2019

Official Report and Minutes

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