The PPS is actively seeking to address any underlying issues in the prosecution of sexual offences and we are committed to doing all we can to achieve positive outcomes.
In April 2018 the Director of Public Prosecutions Stephen Herron, together with other members of the Criminal justice Board commissioned an independent review of arrangements around the delivery of justice in serious sexual offences. The review was led by The Right Honourable Sir John Gillen, a former Lord Justice of Appeal supported by an independent advisory panel. The PPS actively engaged with the review which is now complete and makes 253 recommendations to improve criminal justice outcomes and the experience of victims who engage with us. We are working with criminal justice partners in order to develop an agreed response to these recommendations.
The Report into the law and procedures in serious sexual offences in Northern Ireland can be read at the link below.