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Rapist loses appeal against conviction over alleged ‘misdirection’ on distress as corroboration

A man found guilty of rape who claimed that the trial judge misdirected the jury over the issue of t ...

Published 5 July 2018

Domestic abuser wins appeal over lack of corroboration of ‘course of conduct’ assault charge

A man found guilty of a single charge of assault comprising eight separate incidents in a “cou ...

Published 26 June 2018

Historical child sex abuse victims awarded £200,000 damages

A man who was found guilty of sexually abusing his step-daughter and her cousin over a number of yea ...

Published 21 June 2018

Judges reject rape accused’s appeal to lead evidence of previous consensual sexual encounter with complainer

A man accused of rape who was seeking to question the complainer about a previous consensual sexual ...

Published 20 June 2018

Rape victim wins legal challenge against tribunal decision to reject claim for criminal injuries compensation

A woman who was raped in the 1960s but did not report the incident to police until nearly 50 years l ...

Published 14 June 2018

England: Attorney General says new CPS head must fix disclosure system

Jeremy Wright QC The Crown Prosecution Service's "appalling" failings have been a blight on Eng ...

Published 14 June 2018

Supreme Court: Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission does not have standing in abortion proceedings

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) has lost an appeal to the UK Sup ...

Published 7 June 2018

Scotland not immune from disclosures scandal as DPP apologises in England

Alison Saunders The Director of Public Prosecutions has apologised after a review found that 47 ...

Published 6 June 2018

Homicides decline to 40-year low while reports of rape rise

New figures show a decline in Scotland’s murder rate and an increase in reports of rape, The H ...

Published 29 May 2018

US: Man exposes penis in court to prove innocence

A man on trial for a sex crime exposed his penis in court to contradict the complainant’s clai ...

Published 29 May 2018

UK police forces spark privacy concerns over use of AI to deal with digital evidence

Artificial intelligence software able to interpret images, match faces and analyse communication pat ...

Published 28 May 2018

England: False rape accuser jailed after Solicitor General’s referral

A woman who falsely accused four men of sexual or violent offences has been sent to prison after the ...

Published 25 May 2018

New project to look at rape complainants and victims' engagement with criminal justice process

Michael Matheson A new project aims to identify and understand the factors that affect whether ...

Published 23 May 2018

Google comes under fire for revealing rape victims in searches

Google is enabling users to uncover the identities of rape victims whose anonymity is guaranteed und ...

Published 22 May 2018

Man convicted of historical rape of sister and cousin wins appeal against ‘excessive’ nine-year sentence

A man who was sentenced to nine years‘ imprisonment after being found guilty of historical sex ...

Published 17 May 2018