Sexual History Evidence and Law Reform

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The law on sexual history evidence in sexual offence trials is in urgent need of reform. My policy briefing summarises my main recommendations for change.

My blog in the Huffington Post responds to the Government’s refusal to change the law and argues that reform is still needed.

You can read more detail in my two academic journal articles:

In the Rape Trials and Sexual History Evidence: reforming the law on third party evidence’ I explain: (a) the reasons why restrictions on sexual history evidence are needed; (b) the evidence we have as to how often sexual history evidence is used in sexual offence trials; (c) why the Court of Appeal judgment in R v Ched Evans is problematic; and (d) detailed recommendations for reform of the law.

In ‘Challenging the Law on Sexual History Evidence’, I respond to the recent criticisms of the law reform proposals made by Harriet Harman and Vera Baird, arguing that we need to have a balanced, nuanced and respectful debate about the options for reform.

 

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