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PART XIIIU.K. Miscellaneous

[F1Jury directions relating to sexual offencesS

Textual Amendments

F1Ss. 288DA, 288DB and cross-heading inserted (24.4.2017) by Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Act 2016 (asp 22), ss. 6, 45(2)(3) (with s. 44); S.S.I. 2017/93, reg. 2 (with reg. 5)

288DAJury direction relating to lack of communication about offenceS

(1)Subsection (2) applies where, in a trial on indictment for a sexual offence—

(a)evidence is given which suggests that the person against whom the offence is alleged to have been committed—

(i)did not tell, or delayed in telling, anyone, or a particular person, about the offence, or

(ii)did not report, or delayed in reporting, the offence to any investigating agency, or a particular investigating agency, or

(b)a question is asked, or a statement is made, with a view to eliciting, or drawing attention to, evidence of that nature.

(2)In charging the jury, the judge must advise that—

(a)there can be good reasons why a person against whom a sexual offence is committed may not tell others about it or report it to an investigating agency, or may delay in doing either of those things, and

(b)this does not, therefore, necessarily indicate that an allegation is false.

(3)Subsection (2) does not apply if the judge considers that, in the circumstances of the case, no reasonable jury could consider the evidence, question or statement by reason of which subsection (2) would otherwise apply to be material to the question of whether the alleged offence is proved.

(4)For the purposes of this section—