R V Allen impact on caseloads

MQT on 2019-07-18
Session date: 
July 18, 2019
Question By: 
Unmesh Desai
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In 2018, the MPS and CPS jointly reviewed 600 RASSO (Rape and Serious Sexual Offences) cases. I understand that the MPS drafted in 120 officers to assist in this process and mitigate against the risk of creating a backlog in rape cases (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-42873618). Nonetheless, did these reviews have any impact on creating a backlog of rape and sexual offences cases?


R V Allen impact on caseloads

R V Allen impact on caseloads

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Met have confirmed that during the period in which the cases were reviewed, there was an initial backlog. This backlog was related to cases that were in the investigation stage and those being prepared for the CPS.

Additional officers were drafted in to assist with the disclosure matter to ensure that ongoing cases continued to progress.

There is no current backlog due to the ruling in the R v Allen case.