The average wait time between the reporting of an offense and trial was 706 days.
A new study has found that the criminal justice system is failing to protect rape victims in England and Wales, with them waiting nearly two years before they are finally tried.
The damning conclusions were published Friday by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate. They accuse the system of a lack of cooperation between authorities and poor communication with accusers.
“Rape victims are continually and systematically failed by the criminal justice system,”The report criticised the company’s practices. “deep divisions between the police prosecutors.”
The official report claimed that “the process is worse than the offence” for some victims, as they have to “wait years for a court date” and “experience multiple adjournments”They are determined to find justice.
The report found that authorities continued to list rape cases frequently as a reason for some of the failings. “floaters”Oder “backers,”They could also be moved to another date, even if they were not scheduled on the day of trial.
A victim was spoken to “21 court delays, most at 24-hours’ notice,”The report described the current situation in detail. “almost unendurable.”
HMICFRS/HMCPSI reviewed 556 police files and Crown Prosecution Service records (CPS) and spoke to rape victims and victim support agencies.
The director of public prosecutions, Max Hill, accepted the report’s findings, stating that “strong collaboration between prosecutors and police is vital,”While also outlining “extensive work”To improve communication and support services, this project is being implemented.
Dominic Raab, deputy prime minister, and justice secretary responded by saying that the report was a “very disturbing” document. “sobering and considered analysis,”The government has been promised to work “to give victims greater support and swifter justice.”
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