Deadline 18th January
As part of the Crown Prosecution Service’s work on Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO) under their five-year strategy, they made a commitment to launch a consultation on their updated rape legal guidance this autumn.
This legal guidance is an important aspect of the work of the CPS and provides support to prosecutors to make effective Code compliant decisions in RASSO cases helping to ensure the delivery of justice.
The updated legal guidance reflects the changing world and an improved understanding of the many complex issues related to rape. Many of the revisions have been informed by the expert insight of stakeholders. The revised guidance also features updated content around reasonable lines of enquiry and disclosure which aims to assist prosecutors with striking the appropriate balance between the needs of an investigation and the right to privacy.
The updated guidance continues to refer to the ‘Protocol between the police service and CPS in the investigation and prosecution of rape’. This Protocol dates back to 2015 and, as part of our work with the police under the RASSO Joint Action Plan, will be updated to reflect recent developments in practice.