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Victims and witnesses debate 2

Scottish Labour's community safety and legal affairs spokesperson Jenny Marra called for a dedicated victims commissioner to champion the rights of victims within the legal system.

Ms Marra was making the closing speech for Labour in the second part of the debate on improving services for victims and witnesses on 13 June 2012.

The Labour MSP said a commissioner would make sure standards were complied with across the justice system and would be a single point of contact or focus for victims.

Scottish Conservative MSP Annabel Goldie said the debate had been interesting and largely consensual with agreement that more must be done for victims and witnesses.

Ms Goldie said the government's consultation paper 'Making Justice Work for Victims and Witnesses, Victims and Witnesses Bill' had good ideas but the SNP administration had a "slight deficiency of urgency and ambition" and was proceeding at a "ponderous" pace and called for a timetable for the bill.

Community Safety and Legal Affairs Minister Roseanna Cunningham welcomed the "broad agreement in the chamber" that the interest of victims and witnesses should be at the heart of the criminal justice system.

Ms Cunningham said the cost of a victims commissioner would be around £5m and that money would be better spent on victims themselves.

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