15 Mar 2021

Court rejects legal challenge on rape prosecutions guidance change

Social Affairs Editor and Presenter

In another setback for the way women are treated in the criminal justice system, the court of appeal has thrown out a legal challenge against prosecutions of alleged sexual offences.

The case was brought over changes to the guidelines on prosecuting alleged rapes in England and Wales and the steep decline in prosecutions which followed.

Campaign groups called it yet another “establishment betrayal of victims of violence against women and girls”.