Witness preparation and the prosecution of rape

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In England and Wales, rape complainants currently receive little by way of pre-trial support and preparation. This stands in sharp contrast to prosecutorial practice in the USA where prosecutors meet with complainants prior to trial with the specific aim of preparing them for the unfamiliar process of testifying in criminal proceedings. This paper considers the case for adopting similar arrangements in rape cases in England and Wales. This is assessed primarily from an evidentiary perspective although due consideration is also given to the need to protect vulnerable complainants from the risk of secondary victimisation within the criminal trial process.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1748-121X.2007.00051.x

Affiliations: School of Law, University of Leeds

Publication date: June 1, 2007

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