5 May 2014
The first case allowing vulnerable victims and witnesses to give evidence ahead of trial started last week.
Pre-trial cross-examination is being tested by Crown courts in Leeds, Liverpool and Kingston upon Thames for 10 months. If it proves a success, the measure will be extended more widely.
Former Supreme Court president says political involvement is part of judicial role.
Attorney general tells public law specialists that judges should not be asked to decide political matters.
Consultation on government's proposals to reform 1998 act expected within the next two months.
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