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Juries out on RASSO trials?
And do they have an absolute right to acquit?
Barristers who prosecute and defend people accused of rape and serious sexual offences — so-called RASSO cases — have submitted a strongly-worded response to the Law Commission, which is currently considering the use of evidence in sexual prosecutions in England and Wales.
The Criminal Bar Association has told the government’s law reform advisers that its members are “very concerned about the message being presented of a low conviction rate, an inability to trust jurors and an unprofessional body of barristers asking inappropriate questions”.
You can read more about this in my column for this week’s Law Society Gazette.
Law in Action
It has been a busy few days in the law and you may have missed the last edition in the current run of Law in Action on BBC Radio 4. This week, we dig for buried treasure; we boldly go where no legal programme has gone before; and we ask whether a jury has an absolute right to acquit a defendant.
Listen to the podcast on BBC Sounds.
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