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Help if you're a victim or witness of crime and you want to know more about how crimes are dealt with.
Report a crime
Call 999 if you or someone else is in immediate danger, or if the crime is in progress.
If you are a victim of crime, or if you have witnessed a crime, you should contact the police as soon as possible.
Finding out about your rights
Your rights – the Victims' Code
As a victim of crime you have rights. The Victims' Code for Scotland sets out these rights and who to contact for help and advice.
Read more about the Victims' Code for Scotland.
You can apply for compensation if you or someone you know has been hurt in a violent crime.
During the police investigation
Make a statement after a crime
If you've been a victim or witness of crime, you'll normally be asked to give the police a statement so they can understand what happened.
After your police interview
After you've reported a crime, the police will decide if they can investigate the case and the Procurator Fiscal will decide if the case should go to court.
If a case goes to court
What happens at court
Whether you're called to court as a witness or not, you may find it helpful to find out about the court process and how to ask for information about a case.
Being a witness at court
Help and support is available to you if you get a citation letter asking you to give evidence at court. Find information on how you can prepare and what happens when you give evidence.
Expenses for going to court
You may be able to claim back expenses for travelling to and from court, meals and loss of earnings.
After the verdict
After a guilty verdict, the judge has to decide what punishment to give to the offender. This punishment is called a sentence.
The appeals process
If a convicted person was found guilty after their trial, they can appeal against:
their conviction and sentence
Register for the Victim Notification Scheme
Sometimes victims and witnesses have a right to get information about the release of a prisoner and be told when the prisoner is considered for parole. If you're eligible it's up to you if you want to register or not.
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