Sexual Offences: Prosecutions

Attorney General written question – answered on 9th July 2019.

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Photo of Ann Coffey Ann Coffey Independent, Stockport

To ask the Attorney General, how he will ensure that the Criminal Justice Board review of how rape and sexual violence cases are handled across the criminal justice system provides independent scrutiny of CPS case handling.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Solicitor-General

Rape and serious sexual offences are horrific crimes, which can have a significant and profound impact on victims.

I recognise that there is real current concern around the criminal justice response to rape and serious sexual offences. The Government’s Review provides an opportunity to identify areas, from the beginning to the end of the criminal justice process, where the police, CPS and HM Courts and Tribunals Service can improve practice and outcomes in cases involving these offences. The CPS will work with partners across the criminal justice system to address any issues that are highlighted as a result of the Review.

All those involved in the Review, including the AGO and the CPS, are committed to ensuring that the Review is conducted with the requisite degree of openness and independence as to enable the public to have full confidence in its final findings.

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