The Scottish Liberal Democrats will work to support the introduction of a Victims and Witnesses Crime Bill designed to provide more support for victims and witnesses of crime.
Speaking at a Fringe meeting organised by Victim Support Scotland at the party's conference in the Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, on March 3, 2012, Alison McInnes, the Lib Dems justice spokesperson, criticised delays in implementing stronger measures to support victims and witnesses, endorsed the majority of the items advanced in VSS's Manifesto 2011-2015, which was launched last autumn, and said she could see many areas where the charity's proposals would advance the situation for victims and witnesses.
Ms McInnes praised the work of VSS and expressed her admiration fot the efforts of both staff and volunteers and was thanked for her comments by Susan Mallinder, VSS Vice-Chair.
Heather Dickson, VSS Business Delivery Manager, outlined the complexities of working with victims and witnesses and talked about the greater use of technology to simplify processes such as criminal injuries compensation scheme awards.
The picture shows (from left to right) Alison McInnes, Susan Mallinder and Heather Dickson.