CPS denies major change in rape charging policy despite falling rates

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Court of appeal told a shift in focus from a merits-based approach had not led to a ‘volte-face’ in policy

The Crown Prosecution Service has denied major changes to its approach to charging rape at a landmark legal hearing at the court of appeal.

Lawyers for the Centre for Women’s Justice (CWJ) and the End Violence Against Women (EVAW) coalition had argued on Tuesday that the CPS “raised the bar” for the charging of serious sexual crimes between 2016 and 2018, leading to “systemic illegality” in decision-making and a collapse in charging.

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