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Domestic abuse court pilot in Livingston

A new pilot scheme aims to improve the service received by West Lothian domestic abuse victims from the criminal justice system. A dedicated domestic abuse court is being piloted at Livingston Sheriff Court with effect from 16th February

The court brings together the following agencies who currently work with those affected by domestic abuse:
* the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service ;
* Lothian and Borders Police;
* Scottish Court Service;
* Victim Support Scotland's Witness Service ;and
* West Lothian Council's Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Team (DASAT).

The pilot aims to commence trials within 8 to 10 weeks of an accused's first appearance in court. This swift response will be coupled with the offer of support to victims by a DASAT worker who will provide the link between the victim and the criminal court process. All the cases will be dealt with in court by designated prosecutors and sheriffs to build expertise, consistency and quality of response.

"Our priorities in responding to domestic abuse are to protect the lives of both adults and children who are at risk as a result of crimes of this nature. said Detective Inspector Matt Paden of Lothian and Borders Police Public Protection Unit. "This multi-agency approach is geared towards preventing and reducing domestic abuse. The introduction of the first Domestic Abuse Court in West Lothian will undoubtedly enhance this process."


February  2012


  • SLC Annual Report 2011 (29 February 2012)
  • Bankruptcy Law Consultation (28 February 2012)
  • New taskforces to tackle tax evasion (24 February 2012)
  • Bankruptcy Restriction Order approved (23 February 2012)
  • European Company Law: what way forward? (21 February 2012)
  • Domestic abuse court pilot in Livingston (17 February 2012)
  • Stamp duty holiday rush (16 February 2012)
  • OSCR Report (14 February 2012)
  • Insider trading and market manipulation (09 February 2012)
  • Pinsent Masons and McGrigors Agree to Merge (07 February 2012)
  • Planning rules eased for home improvements (06 February 2012)
  • Dundas & Wilson to open in Aberdeen (03 February 2012)
  • Fast-track justice (01 February 2012)