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Elderly and Vulnerable Witnesses

Solicitor-General written question – answered on 18th June 2009.

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Photo of John Robertson John Robertson Labour, Glasgow North West

To ask the Solicitor-General what steps the Crown Prosecution Service takes to assist elderly and vulnerable people to give evidence as witnesses for the prosecution.

Photo of Vera Baird Vera Baird Solicitor General, Attorney General's Office

The Crown Prosecution Service works closely with other criminal justice partners to provide individually tailored support for all witnesses. The Crown Prosecution Service published its policy on Prosecuting Crimes Against Older People in July 2008. Support for elderly and vulnerable witnesses can include specialist advocacy services and a range of special measures; for example the appointment of intermediaries, or the giving of evidence by live-link from the witness' own home.

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