Rape complainants' lawyers to challenge CPS over dropped cases

On Friday 28th September, The Guardian reported that lawyers for rape complainants who have been “failed” by the criminal justice system are preparing to launch a legal challenge against the Crown Prosecution Service. The Centre for Women’s Justice charity was compiling evidence that the CPS had dropped cases with strong evidence, often at the last minute, according to lawyers. Harriet Wistrich – who successfully represented two victims of the serial rapist John Worboys in a recent human rights claim against the Metropolitan police – said the centre had a “small but growing dossier of cases” which she believed left the CPS exposed to legal challenge. The Guardian understands that a group of lawyers and experts on the issue of violence against women are meeting to discuss the challenge next week.

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