Rape victims will be spared the ordeal of giving evidence in court under reforms being brought forward by the Government.
Justice Secretary Elizabeth Truss said that, from September, their cross-examination will be pre-recorded and then played to the jury during the trial.
The roll-out of the scheme was originally not scheduled to start until the beginning of next year but has been brought forward following an agreement with senior judges.
“Attitudes to sex crimes and victims have changed beyond all recognition in our lifetime, and rape prosecutions are now at record levels,” Ms Truss said.
“With more victims now finding the confidence to come forward, I am determined to make their path to justice swifter and less traumatic.
“This will not reduce the right to a fair trial, but will make sure victims of these abhorrent crimes are protected and able provide their best possible evidence.”
The Ministry of Justice said the move followed a successful …
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