Sexual offences



Over dozen sex offence convictions set aside over legislative error

The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) has set aside the convictions of 15 individuals for certain sexual offences as a result of a legislative error which caused them to be invalid.

Published 24 September 2020

Scotland: New research raises concerns over use of sexual history in trials

A human rights watchdog has published new research into how sexual history and bad character evidence is used in sexual offences trials in Scotland.

Published 19 August 2020

'Upskirting' law to be brought forward early next year

Legislation to make "upskirting" a specific criminal offence in Northern Ireland will be brought before the Assembly early next year, Justice Minister Naomi Long has said.

Published 18 August 2020

Law Society welcomes O'Malley review recommendations

The Law Society of Ireland has welcomed the recommendations of review of protections for vulnerable witnesses in the investigation and prosecution of sexual offences.

Published 10 August 2020

England: Downing Street to set rape prosecution targets

Downing Street is planning to set prosecution targets in rape cases for police and lawyers, according to reports.

Published 10 August 2020

O'Malley review backs anonymity for more defendants and greater support for complainants

The long-awaited review of protections for vulnerable witnesses in the investigation and prosecution of sexual offences has backed proposals for anonymity to be extended to defendants in all sexual assault trials, as well as greater supports for complainants.

Published 6 August 2020

In full: Bar Council responds to O'Malley review report

The Bar Council of Ireland's response to the long-awaited review of protections for vulnerable witnesses in the investigation and prosecution of sexual offences is reproduced in full below.

Published 6 August 2020

Reforms to sex offence trials to be fully implemented by 2022

The full implementation of Sir John Gillen's recommendations for improving serious sexual offence trials in Northern Ireland will be complete by the end of 2022 under a plan published today.

Published 9 July 2020

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