Scotland: Lawyers who visited Ireland back legal representation for sex crime complainants

Scottish lawyers who visited Ireland to learn about the conduct of sexual offence trials here have called for complainants in Scotland to be given their own legal representation when applications are made to lead evidence of bad character or sexual history.

Solicitors Eamon Keane and Tony Convery have written a proposal detailing why complainants (or “complainers” in Scotland) should be entitled to independent legal representation in certain circumstances, our sister publication Scottish Legal News reports.

They said they “gained a valuable insight into how our proposal might work in practice through time spent in Ireland speaking to various stakeholders where a right, similar to the one that we propose, already exists in relation to the offence of rape”.

The pair received financial assistance from Rape Crisis Scotland to travel to Ireland for their research.

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