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The Guardian: Rape conviction rate at an all-time high

CPS statistics reveal conviction rate is currently at 63% as prosecutors respond to claims too few cases appear in court

Conviction rates for rape and domestic violence cases have risen to an all time high, the director of public prosecutions (DPP) has revealed, amid criticism that too few cases are being brought to court.

Figures released by the Crown Prosecution Service show that the conviction rate for rape prosecutions has increased to the highest on record, from 58% in 2007/8 to 63% in 2012/13. The CPS figures on rape are expressed as a percentage of cases where charges were brought and “flagged” as involving rape. In raw figures, there were 3,692 prosecutions for rape last year, resulting in 2,333 convictions.

The conviction rate for domestic violence has also increased by 1% in the past year to 74%. In 2005/6 it stood at 60%. There were 70,702 cases last year, resulting in 52,549 convictions and 18,153 acquittals.

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