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.

Suzanne Townley
News Editor
Solicitors Journal

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