‘Unlawful’ changes to policy on rape cases led to drop in prosecutions, court told
Campaigners say Crown Prosecution Service’s actions gave rise to ‘systemic illegality’
Read our full mailing list consent termshereIn documents before the court, Ms Kaufmann said that from November 2016 prosecutors were “trained away” from the MBA, particularly through a series of roadshows.She added that there had been a “shocking and unprecedented” decline in the volume of rape cases charged and the charging rate since 2016-17.
Between 2009-10 and 2016-17, an average of 3,446 rape cases were charged per year, she said, and this fell to 2,822 in 2017-18, a drop of 23 per cent compared to the last year of the prior period.In addition, the barrister said that the charging rate had “declined precipitously” from 56 per cent in 2016-17 to 47 per cent in 2017-18 and 34 per cent in 2018-19.
Lawyers for the CPS argued that the case was not suitable for legal challenge and asked the Court of Appeal to dismiss the claim.In written submissions, Tom Little QC for the CPS said it was EVAW's case “that prosecutors are (or are at risk of) routinely making unlawful prosecution decisions”. headtopics.com
“According to the claimant, the systemic failure (or the systemic risk) is that prosecutors are making decisions whether to prosecute rape and serious sexual offences (RASSO) cases taking into account the sorts of subjective considerations or prejudices that a jury might bring to bear on a case,” Mr Little said.Read more: The Independent »
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