Making the justice system better for victims: consultation - easy read

Easy read summary of proposals in our consultation on improving victims' experiences of the justice system.

Why some people think there should be a judge in serious sexual offence trials

  • people are more likely to be found guilty if there is a judge

This might be because of what jurors think about sexual crimes.

  • jurors sometimes do not understand important legal issues that often come up in serious sexual offence cases
  • jurors might believe 'rape myths'.

A myth is something that is not true.

Jurors might believe ideas that it was the woman's fault that she was raped.

  • some judges have had court cases where there was enough evidence to convict the accused but the jury did not find them guilty
  • juries might not understand how trauma can affect a victim
  • serious sexual offence cases can be upsetting for jurors
  • a trial without a jury will take less time

This is better for the victim and will help trials to be done more quickly.

  • judges have to give reasons for their decision – juries do not have to



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