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Rape and Sexual Offences:        Appendix E - Forensic Medical Examination

Forensic Medical Examination

Any medical examination of the victim should take place in a dedicated examination suite. This is to ensure that both victim care and the integrity of evidence are maximised. The specific requirements of victims with special needs will always be considered. This may involve assistance with transportation or the use of hospital facilities for the medical examination if appropriate.

The medical examination of the victim should be carried out by an appropriately trained Forensic Physician (FP), Forensic Nurse (FN) or paediatrician. Where practicable the wishes of the victim will be taken into account and adhered to in terms of the gender/ ethnicity of the FP or FN. (Areas will have to tailor this section to include the arrangements available locally).

If a dedicated examination suite is not used and or a FP or FN is not used the Police should set out reasons on form MG6.

Where an expert opinion is to be sought the Police will ensure that all prosecution evidence, including the suspect's account initially and defence statement when received, is sent to the FP as soon as is reasonably practicable.

The CPS will always include the FP in the conference with the prosecutor, trial advocate and the IO unless there are particular reasons for not doing so

The CPS will always call the FP as a live witness at trial unless there are considered reasons for not doing so.

Forensic Submissions

The Police will provide a copy of the victim's statement of complaint (or notes compiled during video interview/MG15 ROVI) together with any MG3 provided by CPS to the forensic service provider, to inform the analysis of forensic submissions.

Where an expert opinion is to be sought the Police will ensure that all prosecution evidence, including the suspect's account initially and defence statement when received, is sent to the forensic scientist as soon as is reasonably practicable.

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