Rape and Domestic Violence (Conviction Rates)

Part of Attorney General – in the House of Commons at 9:30 am on 2nd July 2015.

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Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Attorney-General 9:30 am, 2nd July 2015

I welcome my hon. Friend to her place—I am delighted that she has joined us. This must surely be the safest place to say that there can never be too many lawyers in the House of Commons. [Interruption.] It is the safest place, but still not entirely safe.

It is a matter of concern that the conviction rate in Hampshire is not higher. As I mentioned in my previous answer, we need to look at the factors that are bringing about unsuccessful outcomes. As my hon. Friend well understands, it is not true that acquittal is the wrong outcome in every case, but we need to do everything we can to ensure that cases are presented robustly to juries so that they can reach the right conclusions.