Rape: Trials

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 13th September 2022.

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Photo of Steve Reed Steve Reed Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) capital and (b) revenue budgets allocated for each of the pilot specialist rape courts are, as announced on 16 June 2022.

Photo of Rachel Maclean Rachel Maclean The Minister of State, Home Department, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

On 16 June 2022, we announced the pilot of Specialist Sexual Violence Support in the Crown Court at three locations: Leeds, Newcastle, and Snaresbrook in London. This is not a rape court, but nevertheless aims to improve the support on offer in court for victims of rape and sexual violence and increase the volume of cases going through the system.

We are committed to supporting these pilots with the right resources to ensure they work successfully. We have been working with local partners since the pilots were announced to understand the exact requirements for each phase of these pilots in the three locations. We hope to conclude this planning work in the coming weeks to inform funding decisions.

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