Victims (Protection and Support)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Justice – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 17 March 2015.

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Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice 11:30, 17 March 2015

Last September, we published “Our Commitment to Victims”, a key plank of which is supporting vulnerable victims and witnesses in court. We are doing so by establishing non-court locations for vulnerable witnesses to give their evidence using a live link, evaluating the pilots of recorded pre-trial cross-examination—I am very much of the view that that should be extended nationwide if the trial proves successful—and strengthening the training requirements for publicly funded advocates in sexual offence cases.