Prosecutors urged to ditch 'weak' rape cases to improve figures

The second in The Guardian’s series on rape justice, published on Monday 24th September, revealed that 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 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.

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