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Led by Lady Dorrian, Scotland's second most senior Judge, the panel will review current procedure and provide a report in early 2020 that will seek to suggest how the management of sexual offence cases might be improved.
The move is due to a huge increase in the number and complexity of sexual offence cases in court. The vast majority of High Court trials now relate to sexual offences and a significant volume of sexual assault cases are also tried under solemn procedure in the Sheriff Courts.
As well as representation from the Faculty of Advocates and the Justiciary, the panel includes Police Scotland and organisations including Rape Crisis Scotland, Scottish Women’s Aid and Victims Support Scotland.
Lady Dorrian said: “This is an opportunity for all the organisations involved in this review group to consider an overview of sexual offences prosecuted in our courts and recommend an improved approach for all participants. Our work will begin in April and we expect to be in a position to report in early 2020.”
Beltrami & Company congratulates Rosalyn on this appointment and looks forward to the outcome of the review.