New report on the right to independent legal representation for sexual offence complainers
Thu 18 June 2020
The admission of sexual history and/or bad character evidence in Scottish courts under the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 remains problematic. There is a dearth of contemporary research resulting in an unclear picture about what exactly is or is not occurring. In 2019, Eamon Keane and Tony Convery, assisted by funding from Rape Crisis Scotland, spent time in Ireland speaking to stakeholders considering how that jurisdiction deals with the admission of sexual history evidence in order to consider whether any improvements could be made to the procedure followed in Scotland. Their conclusions are contained in the report, 'Proposal for independent legal representation for complainers where an application is made to lead evidence of their sexual history or character.'