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Ms Saunders said the CPS was taking steps to identify cases of concern as a matter of urgency

January 27, 2018 6:17 pm

All current rape and serious sexual assault cases in England and Wales are to be reviewed “as a matter of urgency” to ensure evidence has been disclosed.

Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders warned the review could see “a number of cases” dropped.

It comes after the collapse of several rape trials because evidence had not been shared with defence lawyers.

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BBC legal correspondent Clive Coleman said there had been a failure to share digital evidence in each of the cases.

Attorney General Jeremy Wright said there was no evidence of “widespread malpractice or dishonesty”, but police and prosecutors needed to get to grips with the way they handled electronic evidence.

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