The links below take you to some key documents, which will open in new tabs on other websites.

England and Wales


  • The Victims’ Code for Scotland (published 2018, modified 2020)
    Provides victims of crime with a guide to their rights. It also signposts victims to sources of further help and support.
  • Access to Information Protocol – A guide for victims and witnesses (published 2015)
    The Victim and Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2014 was created to improve the experience of victims and witnesses within the criminal justice system. One of its key provisions is that victims and witnesses have a legal right to request certain information about their case. This protocol summarises what information can be requested, who can request it, and how and where requests should be made.
  • Making a Victim Statement (published 2018)
    This booklet explains what a victim statement is, who can make one, when and how victim statements can be made, what you can include in your victim statement, and how your victim statement will be used.
  • Road Death Investigation Manual (published 2015)
    This manual, issued by Police Scotland, is aimed at police officers involved in fatal crash investigations, and outlines best practice procedures for Family Liaison Officers or other officers who are supporting families bereaved by road crashes.
  • Road Safety and Road Crime Strategy 2015-18
    Police Scotland's three-year strategy on road safety and road crime discusses what is being done by the police to influence road user behaviour and make roads safer for the wellbeing of all Scotland’s road users.
  • The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service’s Prosecution Code
    This document explains the various factors that influence the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service when they are deciding whether or not to prosecute a person who has committed a criminal offence.
  • The Human Tissue (Scotland) Act 2006
    This document explains the law on organ and tissue retention.

Northern Ireland

The National Road Victim Service

0808 8000 401

Brake’s free support service if you are bereaved, seriously injured, or helping a road crash victim.

Meet your named caseworker. Call 0808 8000 401 or email