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Sex crime cases taking 698 days to come to court

NI victims facing delay of nearly two years before going to trial

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Tolerated: Doug Beattie has called for improvements to the justice system in Northern Ireland

Tolerated: Doug Beattie has called for improvements to the justice system in Northern Ireland

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Tolerated: Doug Beattie has called for improvements to the justice system in Northern Ireland

Victims of sexual violence in Northern Ireland are facing a wait of almost two years on average for their cases to reach court.

Figures from the Department of Justice (DoJ) show that in the last year, sexual offence trials typically took 698 days to complete - up from 470 days in 2015/16.

It compares to 123 days for a public order offence and 119 days for a motoring breach.