All crown courts across England and Wales now offer the scheme
From today (Monday 11 July 2022), rape victims will be spared the stress of being cross-examined in court under a measure rolled out to every crown court in Wales.
The provision – already available in 47 crown courts in England – allows victims and witnesses of crimes such as rape and modern slavery to have their cross-examination video-recorded and played later during trial, subject to a successful application to the court.
The measure is designed to maintain a defendant’s right to a fair trial and any decision to pre-record evidence is made by a judge on a case-by-case basis. Both defence and prosecution lawyers will be present in court during the pre-recording as will the judge and the defendant....