‘Well-intentioned’ bill may be counter-productive, say solicitors and barristers

Harriet Harman has been invited to meet senior criminal lawyers to discuss her plans to introduce a law that would prevent rape complainants from being questioned in court about their sexual history.

The Labour MP has proposed changes to section 41 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999, which currently permits defence lawyers to admit evidence of a complainant’s previous sexual history in specific circumstances, as seen in the acquittal of footballer