Date lodged: 3 May 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) regarding the use of pre-recorded evidence as the default means by which adult rape complainers (a) give evidence and (b) face cross examination.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 16 May 2018
The Scottish Government is in regular contact with the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) regarding the use of pre-recorded evidence in general and in particular have been engaging with them and other criminal justice stakeholders on the development of primary legislation mentioned in S5W-16360 on 16 May 2018. All answers to written Parliamentary Questions are available on the Parliament's website, the search facility for which can be found at http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/28877.aspx
In addition, Scottish Government has had discussions with COPFS (and also with Police Scotland and Rape Crisis Scotland) to explore a pilot for recording a complainer's initial statement to the police.