Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Crown prosecutors are dropping rape cases because of fears they will be lost due to juries’ prejudices about the women victims, campaigners claim as they mount a legal challenge to the “covert” policy.The UK-wide coalition of women’s organisations alleges the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has secretly changed its policy so that “weak” cases are abandoned to boost prosecution “success” rates instead of them being pursued on merit.The End Violence Against Women coalition (EVAW) cites a 23.1 per cent fall in the number of rape cases taken on by the CPS in the 12 months to 2017/18 from 3,671 to 2,822. This was despite a 16 per cent increase in police recorded rapes to 56,698.It said this meant that women now have a four per cent chance of their case being heard in court compared with one in five in 2014.The move comes as ministers hold a summit with police and prosecutors to review the disclosure of digital evidence including controversial plans to require rape victims to hand over their mobile phones or risk the prosecution of their cases being abandoned. The coalition said it has a dossier of more than 20 recent cases which were dropped by prosecutors because it claims the victim was judged to be a “poor” witness who could be cast doubt on because of their mental health, their young age, intoxication or other personal circumstances.This included one victim who was raped at knifepoint and held prisoner for two days by her boyfriend, a man who was known by police to be violent.Despite significant evidence of violence against the woman, the CPS prosecutor dropped the case, saying WhatsApp messages she had sent to placate her attacker could be misinterpreted by the jury, said the coalition.The coalition traces the change of policy back to training sessions in 2017 for prosecutors in which they were encouraged to remove weak cases from the system in order to achieve a higher conviction rate.It said the CPS was formerly clear in its guidance to prosecutors that “rape myths” including ideas that a sexually assaulted woman wwould not communicate at all or in a kind victim with their attacker should be recognised and the prosecution should build a case to counter them.It claimed the policy change was unlawful and discriminated against women. Its legal action, seeking a judicial review of the change of policy, is based on article three of the Human Rights Act, requiring a “effective” police and prosecution remedy for rape which disproportionately affects women.Sarah Green, EVAW coalition co-director, said: “We have strong evidence to show that CPS leaders have quietly changed their approach to decision-making in rape cases, switching from building cases based on their ‘merits’ back to second-guessing jury prejudices.”This is extremely serious and is having a detrimental impact on women’s access to justice. We have begun legal action and we could, of course, end up in court.”Prosecutors should be judging cases on their merits – not on whether or not they think a jury will be prejudiced against the victim.The CPS denied its policy has changed, saying: “Sexual offences are some of the most complex cases we prosecute and we train our prosecutors to understand victim vulnerabilities and the impact of rape, as well as consent, myths and stereotypes.”Decisions to prosecute are based on whether our legal tests are met – no other reason – and we always seek to prosecute where there is sufficient evidence to do so.“Victims have the right to ask for a review of their case by another prosecutor, independent of the original decision-maker, and this is another way we can make sure we are fair and transparent in what we do.”Today the Solicitor General, Lucy Frazer QC, and the Policing Minister, Nick Hurd, will host a summit aimed at improving the disclosure of digital evidence in prosecutions and court cases.The move follows criticism of new CPS digital consent forms which ask victims of crime – including rape complainants – to hand over their phones so officers can look for evidence. If victims do not comply, prosecutions may not go ahead.Ms Frazer said: “We need to do more to support the police and prosecutors to adapt to the increasing volume of digital material in the criminal justice system.“The Government is also determined to ensure that victims of sexual violence and all other crimes are not deterred from seeking justice because of fear of what could happen to their personal information. We must ensure full public confidence in the disclosure system.”

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