Victims’ Mental Health (Effect of Trial Delays)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 17th June 2021.

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We have already announced and implemented a number of changes that seek to reduce the backlog and stop it increasing, not least of which are the remote juries that we have established in locations across the country, which I mentioned last week. The £50 million that I mentioned previously will be used—and is being used now—to ensure that we can scale up significantly the sheriff courts in September this year. That should further help to address the backlog.

We have seen almost the same number of solemn and criminal cases taking place as took place prior to the pandemic, which has required a huge amount of effort by the partners—Liam Kerr mentioned the SCTS, but others have been involved as well. We are very grateful to them for that.

It is in all our interests to minimise the backlog, and I hope to work with Liam Kerr to achieve that over the coming years.