The Act requires governments that receive grants to create plans for the reduction of the backlog and meet privacy requirements for processing the kits.

The must be directed at reducing the sexual assault kit backlog and increasing the capacity of labs processing sexual assault kits through 2018.

The reports are to include information on where the grants are awarded and summarizing the numbers of kits tested as well as the number remaining untested.

At the start of the hearing, Mr Akenhead warned the jury that they might find the details of the case "shocking and distressing".

Mr Mousley told the seven men and five women members of the jury, plus the two spare members - who had been selected in case a problem arose with the main 12 - how Ms Lynch had been taken to hospital on April 18 last year after she was found at home by carers suffering "severe abdominal pain".

“Due to the Church of England’s position on same sex marriage, as set out in the House of Bishops’ Pastoral Guidance, Canon Jeremy Davies has been informed that his application has been unsuccessful.” Canon Davies’s husband Mr Mc Enery confirmed the ban on his Facebook page, writing: “So, Jeremy has been banned from taking services in the Winchester Diocese by the Bishop of Winchester, because he's married to me.” The singing teacher urged family and friends to write to the Bishop to condemn what he described as the Church of England’s “institutional homophobia”.

Last month, the Church won an employment tribunal case brought by a gay cleric who defied the ban on same-sex marriage.

The ban came as the Archbishop of Canterbury last week revealed that were his children gay, he would attend their same-sex weddings and “always love them” in comments that threatened to reignite divides in the Church over the issue.

The Church of England was formally opposed to legislation for same-sex marriage, which came into effect in 2014.William Mousley QC, prosecuting, had begun telling the jury at Winchester Crown Court the circumstances surrounding the death of Majella Lynch in Southampton, Hampshire, when a woman selected as a standby juror fainted in her seat.The court was then cleared at the direction of the judge, Mr Justice Akenhead, to enable the collapsed juror to be cared for.The grants are intended to be used to analyze backlogged DNA crime scene samples, including rape kits, and offender DNA samples for inclusion in CODIS (the Combined DNA Index System).The funds are also used to ensure timely processing of new evidence by increasing the capacity of labs to process more DNA samples.Forget classified personals, speed dating, or other Cleveland dating sites or chat rooms, you've found the best!