Rape: Prosecutions

Solicitor-General written question – answered on 20th March 2008.

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Photo of Chris McCafferty Chris McCafferty Labour, Calder Valley

To ask the Solicitor-General what assessment she has made of the rates of successful prosecution for rape; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Vera Baird Vera Baird Solicitor General, Law Officers' Department

I am satisfied that the ongoing efforts and current initiatives of the Criminal Justice Agencies (CJA) should lead to more successful prosecutions. In addition I have proposed changes concerning the way that victims' visually recorded evidence and victims' disclosure to third parties can be used at trial. I am also examining ways to inform juries about victims' psychological responses.

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