Sexual offences: interim report
The Interim Report spans the entire criminal justice process, from disclosure to reporting, to interviewing and charging, though to prosecution and complainants' experiences in court. The recommendations it contains are intended to encourage people to report sexual offences, and to make the criminal justice system more sensitive to the needs of complainants in such cases. In 2001, the Commission was asked to consider whether the criminal justice system was sufficiently responsive to the needs of complainants in sexual offence cases and to recommend changes if necessary. The review aimed to encouraged more victims to report offences to police and see the case through to trial. Publishing a discussion paper in December 2001, the Commission laid out the ground for their inquiry and asked for submissions. Initially, 75 submissions were received from a range of concerned individuals and organisations. Following an interim report in June 2003 seeking responses to 107 recommendations for legislative, administrative and procedual changes, the Commission received a further 55 submissions. Along with widespread consultations with legal, policing, administrative, government organisations, the submissions contributed to the formulation of 201 recommendations in the final report, whose stated purpose was to improve the treatment of victims of sexual offences while ensuring the accused continued to receive a fair trial.
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