5 July 2016
Rhoda Grant : To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to roll out domestic abuse courts in the Highlands and Islands.
Michael Matheson: In each of the years 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18, the Scottish Government has provided additional investment of £2.4 million per year to Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service and Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service to support their work to reduce court waiting times for domestic abuse cases across Scotland. Responsibility for the management of cases through the courts including consideration of the introduction of domestic abuse courts rests with the Lord President and Sheriffs Principal. The Scottish Government is happy to work with justice partners in assessing what may be best in terms of ensuring access to justice and support for domestic abuse victims in different parts of the country.