Sexual offences demand considered and careful inquiry by our Courts. Sexual offending is generally regarded as a particularly grave and concerning type of behaviour, calling for strict punishment and close monitoring.
Increasingly, the justice system is becoming alert to the need to efficiently and smoothly deal with sexual offences. Many provisions are now in place to protect complainants in sexual matters as much as possible. These include special hearings, where child complainants give pre-recorded evidence outside the courtroom without the jury, and with a support worker present in the room with them. Similarly, when cross-examined, children and other vulnerable witnesses can ask to use intermediaries, who help to interpret for the Court what the witness is trying to convey.
It is equally important that those accused with offences of a sexual nature are competently and rigorously defended so that they can properly understand the complicated process of facing such charges.