Law Commission consultation on evidence in sexual offences prosecutions

Closed 31 Oct 2023

Opened 23 May 2023


This is a public consultation by the Law Commission for England and Wales.


The Law Commission is conducting a review of the law, guidance, and practice relating to the trial process in prosecutions of sexual offences and considering the need for reform in order to increase the understanding of consent and sexual harm and improve the treatment of victims while ensuring that defendants receive a fair trial.


For more information about this project, click here.


We recommend that consultees read the full consultation paper here before responding to the consultation. A shorter summary is also available here. Consultees do not need to answer all the questions if they are only interested in some aspects of the consultation.


About the Law Commission: The Law Commission is a statutory body, created by the Law Commissions Act 1965 (“the 1965 Act”) for the purpose of promoting the reform of the law. It is an advisory Non Departmental Public Body sponsored by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). The Law Commission is independent of Government. For more information about the Law Commission please click here.


Responses to this consultation: We may publish or disclose information you provide us in response to this consultation, including personal information. For more information on how we consult and how we may use responses to the consultation, please see pages ii and iii of the consultation paper. For information about how we handle your personal data, please see our privacy notice.


  • Mental health professionals
  • Health professionals
  • Citizens
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Charities
  • Government departments
  • Legal professionals
  • Judiciary
  • Police and law enforcement professionals
  • Media


  • Criminal justice