Wednesday 19 May 2021 / 1:56 PM Ellie Reeves.

Ellie Reeves responds to the Victims Commissioner review of the provision of special measures to vulnerable and intimidated witnesses

 

Ellie Reeves MP, Labour’s Shadow Solicitor General, responding to the Victims Commissioner review of the provision of special measures to vulnerable and intimidated witnesses, said:

 

“With record numbers of rape victims withdrawing from prosecutions, and the court backlog now at over 58,000 cases. Many survivors feel the system is working against them, not for them.

 

“Giving witness testimony for some victims can be extremely upsetting and traumatising. That is why Labour called for the fast tracking of rape cases through our courts in our Survivors’ Support Plan and in our Ending Violence Against Women and Girls Green Paper that was published this week.

 

“We welcome the Victims Commissioners echoing of our recommendation, and hope that the Justice Secretary commits to fully rolling out these special measures in all of our crown courts for victims of rape and serious sexual assault as Labour have long been calling for”.