Rape victims in UK will be warned of defence lawyer tactics under new guidelines

Director of Public Prosecutions launches controversial new guidelines intended to help victims and witnesses through giving evidence in court


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Rape victims will be warned in advance if defence lawyers plan to undermine their stories and scrutinise their sexual history in court, under new guidelines published today (MON) by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Alison Saunders, the head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), personally supervised the development of new guidance designed to make giving evidence in court less traumatic for victims of sexual assault.