Domestic abuse court established

A DEDICATED domestic abuse court has been established in Edinburgh to provide further support for victims of domestic abuse and bring offenders to court quickly.

The pilot court will initially deal with cases from south and east police divisions- dating back to December 9 last year- with the intention of rolling out to other divisions.

Welcoming the move, Justice Secretary, Kenny MacAskill said: “Domestic abuse is completely unacceptable and this government is committed, both financially and morally, to bringing an end to this disgraceful behaviour.

“This dedicated court in Edinburgh is a welcome step forward underlining that domestic violence will not be tolerated and the perpetrators will be dealt with swiftly and severely.

“I support tough penalties for any perpetrators of domestic abuse and last year we introduced a new offence of ‘engaging in threatening or abusive behaviour’ to give greater protection to victims.”

The pilot is planned to run initially for one year. The court will have a designated Sheriff, Sheriff Clerk and Procurator Fiscal.