SNP MSP Kaukab Stewart has welcomed the Scottish Government pilot scheme to improve access to justice which will see victims of rape and serious sexual assault able to access transcripts from their court cases for free.

From 1st March 2024 to 1st March 2025, £100,000 of funding will enable complainers who have had their cases heard in the High Court to apply for the transcripts of what was said in their court cases, free of charge.


Commenting, Kaukab Stewart MSP said:

“For those in Glasgow who are victims of sexual assault or rape, this pilot will greatly improve transparency and fairness in the process of achieving retribution.

“I pay tribute to those in my constituency and beyond who have campaigned for greater fairness and accountability in the process of achieving justice – something that can always be improved.

“The scheme, along with the proposed Victims, Witnesses and Justice Reform (Scotland) Bill are designed to improve victims’ experience and increase confidence in the justice system.

“I am pleased to see this SNP Government removing barriers to justice for victims of sexual assault, and I encourage all those in Glasgow who are able to do so to make full use of this pilot fund.”


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