Rape Trials

Lord Chancellor written question – answered on 24th July 2002.

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Photo of Vera Baird Vera Baird Labour, Redcar

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department

(1) what procedure there is for removing the authorisation to judges to hear rape trials; and to whom the procedure is available;

(2) what authorisation is necessary before a court of appeal judge may hear rape appeals;

(3) who decides whether a judge ought to be authorised to hear rape trials; and how the decision is taken;

(4) whether there is outside inspection of judges' conduct before they are authorised to hear rape trials;

(5) if she will list the judges in the Court of Appeal who were authorised to hear rape trials when they were judges of first instance;

(6) if she will list the judges in the (a) High Court and (b) Crown Court who are authorised to hear rape trials.

Photo of Yvette Cooper Yvette Cooper Parliamentary Secretary (Lord Chancellor's Department)

My noble and learned Friend, the Lord Chancellor, is concerned that only those Judges with the appropriate experience and sensitivity hear rape cases.

Section 75 of the Supreme Court Act 1981 states that the Lord Chief Justice, with the concurrence of the Lord Chancellor, can, by means of a practice direction, determine the cases or classes of cases suitable for allocation to High Court Judges, Circuit Judges and Recorders. From time to time successive Lord Chief Justices have issued such practice directions. In October 2001 the current Lord Chief Justice, Lord Woolf, issued a practice direction which, again, determined that all High Court Judges and those Circuit Judges and Recorders, approved for that purpose by the Senior Presiding Judge, with the concurrence of the Lord Chief Justice can hear rape cases.

In practice, primarily those High Court Judges assigned to the Queen's Bench Division hear rape cases. Authorisations of Circuit Judges and Recorders are sought by the Presiding Judge of each Circuit in consultation with the Resident Judge of the relevant Crown court. The Senior Presiding Judge then makes the decision on the basis that the Judge is suitable to try sensitive cases.

Those Judges selected for authorisation have to attend a Judicial Studies Board seminar on serious sexual offences before they are formally authorised. They also have to attend further seminars from time-to-time. The names of Circuit Judges currently authorised to hear rape cases are listed.

There is no "outside inspection" of a Judges' conduct prior to authorisation. If he thinks it appropriate, the Lord Chief Justice can remove an authorisation.

All 35 Judges of the Court of Appeal were formerly Justices of the High Court and could hear rape cases when they held that office. All Judges of the Court of Appeal can hear rape appeals without any further authorisation.

Midland circuit

His Honour Judge Alexander QC

His Honour Judge Appleby QC

His Honour Judge Dudley Bennett

His Honour Judge Richard Benson

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His Honour Judge Rucker

His Honour Judge Selwood

His Honour Judge Shawcross

His Honour Judge Taylor

His Honour Judge Thompson QC

His Honour Judge Ticehurst

His Honour Judge Wiggs.

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