Sexual offences

Delayed review of Irish rape trials due 'within weeks'

A long-awaited review of the investigation and prosecution of sexual offences in Ireland will be published within weeks, according to reports.

Published 3 July 2020

Sil Fox instructs KRW LAW LLP in legal action over prosecution

Comedian Sil Fox has instructed KRW LAW LLP to bring proceedings against the State following the collapse of a sexual assault case brought against him.

Published 25 June 2020

Scotland: Lawyers who visited Ireland back legal representation for sex crime complainants

Scottish lawyers who visited Ireland to learn about the conduct of sexual offence trials here have called for complainants in Scotland to be given their own legal representation when applications are made to lead evidence of bad character or sexual history.

Published 19 June 2020

Court of Appeal clarifies use of Enhanced Combination Orders in sexual assault trials

The Court of Appeal in Belfast has clarified the circumstances in which an Enhanced Combination Order (ECO) can be imposed on sex offenders.

Published 13 May 2020

Sexual offending experts call for investigation into courthouse abuse of rape victim

Sexual offending experts have called on gardaí to investigate reported abuse and threats aimed at a rape victim in court yesterday.

Published 18 February 2020

Reforms to sexual offence trials in Northern Ireland 'will take time'

The full implementation of Sir John Gillen's recommendations for improving serious sexual offence trials in Northern Ireland "will take time", Justice Minister Naomi Long has said.

Published 3 February 2020

Human rights lawyer suggests 'sex-for-rent' landlords could be prosecuted

A prominent human rights lawyer has suggested landlords could face prosecution for requesting sexual favours in lieu of rent.

Published 14 January 2020

Only one in ten reported sexual offences lead to criminal charges

Just over one in ten of sexual offences reported to gardaí last year led to a suspect being charged, according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

Published 4 December 2019

DPP to establish specialised sexual offences unit next year

A specialised sexual offences unit will be established within the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions next year, Ireland's top prosecutor has announced.

Published 18 November 2019

Court of Appeal: Man convicted of raping his wife has sentence increased

A man who was found guilty of raping his wife has had his custodial sentence increased from three years to five-and-a-half years' imprisonment in the Court of Appeal.

Published 21 October 2019

State-funded counselling for rape victims 'increases participation in criminal justice system'

The provision of state-funded counselling and emotional support for rape victims in England and Wales has increased their participation in the criminal justice system, according to a new report published by the Irish Department of Justice.

Published 21 October 2019

Sexual offence laws have not 'kept pace' with online technology

Sexual offence laws in Ireland have not "kept pace with developments in online technology and the almost universal use of internet-enabled devices", a legal expert on rape and sexual assault has said.

Published 4 October 2019

Reported sexual offences up by nine per cent

More than 3,200 sexual offences were reported to gardaí in the year to June, representing a 9.2 per cent increase on the previous year.

Published 30 September 2019

England: CPS taken to task over declining rape prosecutions

The Crown Prosecution Service is "in denial" about declining rape prosecutions and convictions, the victims' watchdog has told The Times.

Published 19 September 2019

Court of Appeal: Rapist is refused application to appeal conviction for failure to comply with notification requirements

A man who was convicted of raping a 91-year-old woman in 2001 has had his application to appeal his conviction for failure to comply with notification requirements under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 refused.

Published 12 September 2019