R V Allen impact on caseloads

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 23rd July 2019.

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Photo of Unmesh Desai Unmesh Desai Labour

In 2018, the MPS and CPS jointly reviewed 600 RASSO (Rape and Serious Sexual Offences) cases. I understand that the MPS drafted in 120 officers to assist in this process and mitigate against the risk of creating a backlog in rape cases (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-42873618). Nonetheless, did these reviews have any impact on creating a backlog of rape and sexual offences cases?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The Met have confirmed that during the period in which the cases were reviewed, there was an initial backlog. This backlog was related to cases that were in the investigation stage and those being prepared for the CPS.

Additional officers were drafted in to assist with the disclosure matter to ensure that ongoing cases continued to progress.

There is no current backlog due to the ruling in the R v Allen case.