Joyous, just joyous

Prosecutors in England and Wales have been urged to take a more risk-averse approach in rape cases to help stem widespread criticism of the service’s low conviction rates, the Guardian can reveal.

The controversial advice to take a proportion of “weak cases out of the system” has been given to specialist rape prosecutors in training seminars, which has led some staff to fear the service has undertaken an undeclared change in policy.

The advice has also caused alarm among experts and campaigners, who say it could severely limit victims’ access to justice. They warn it could lead to cases involving younger victims, students, or those with mental health issues being less likely to result in a charge.

On Sunday, the Guardian revealed that less than a third of prosecutions brought against young men result in a conviction, with men aged 18 to 24 in England and Wales less likely to be found guilty than older men on trial.

A low accusation to trial ratio shows that the CPS is tossing cases early on. A low trial to conviction rate shows that the CPS is putting forward dodgy cases for trial.

Yesterday The Guardian complained about the CPS not being selective enough with the cases sent to trial, today The Guardian complains about the CPS considering being more selective about the cases sent for trial.

One wonders which gender runs The Guardian’s rape coverage?

10 comments on “Joyous, just joyous

  1. It’s obvious what’s needed here is some policy based evidence. A significant proportion of UK males, with an emphasis on youthful ones to make the statistic line up, have to go down to their local police station & report themselves as rapists. No need to specify who they’ve raped. Some accusers are bound to turn up, so that can be left until later.
    Do you want to draw lots, or something?

  2. Oh & sorry to be racist & all that but this has to be one of those occasions where ethnic minorities need not apply. The old no dogs, no Irish, no blacks thing. The statistics are already skewed enough, don’t want to make them worse.

  3. One can just see the author salivating at potential life in Corbinite Britain where archaic concepts of guilt and innocence will no longer be relevant. Certain genders and races will be considered automatically guilty of any offence they are accused of.

  4. One wonders which gender runs The Guardian’s rape coverage?

    Put yourself in the shoes of a male reporter at the Guardian. If you go to work on the rape desk, sooner or later you’ll be found guilty of using the wrong words or expressing the wrong opinions, simply because you’re male. It would be a disastrous career move.

  5. Clearly the problem lies with juries not presuming guilt and not convicting.

    Get rid of juries in rape trials and replace them with experts and campaigners.

  6. Does a newspaper have to speak with one voice?

    How can a news organisation manage if 1000s of articles can’t support conflicting means to the same goals? It’s not a one man blog, you know?

  7. And then there are rape cases where they CANNOT bring about any charges because the perpetrators are the protected class (Muslims).

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