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The Vulnerable Witnesses Scotland Act 2004: Text and Commentary

Laura Sharp and Margaret Ross


This book contains the main provisions of the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2004 with a commentary informed by the authors’ experience of vulnerable witnesses in practice. The Act created a new regime for civil and criminal cases so that the vulnerability of witnesses is to be considered and measures taken to support children and adults who meet the criteria of vulnerability to give evidence effectively. The introduction explains the origins and development of the use of special measures in criminal cases. Chapters 1-5 cover criminal cases. They explain the definitions of the key provisi ... More

Keywords: vulnerable witness, vulnerability, special measures, competence test

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9781845860455
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781845860455.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura Sharp, author
Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Aberdeen

Margaret Ross, author