Following on from its review of simple cautions, the Ministry of Justice is running a consultation to gather public opinion on out of court disposals.
Out of court disposals include:
- Conditional Caution
- Simple Caution
- Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN)
- Penalty Notice for Disorder (PND) – a form of FPN
- Cannabis Warning
- Community Resolution.
Out of court disposals are a valuable tool for police, helping to reduce bureaucracy and keep police on the frontline at a time when resources are constrained. Used correctly, they can represent a proportionate and effective response to anti-social behaviour and low level criminality but, in introducing the consultation, Policing Minister Damian Green says there is a lack of public confidence that out of court disposals are punishing offenders in the right way.
“My intention is that we should increase public confidence in the way out of court disposals work. To do this we need to ensure that there are meaningful consequences for offenders”, he said.
“Whilst I appreciate that the system must allow for low level offending to be dealt with in a proportionate way, it is also essential that the public do not think that offenders are ‘let off’ when they receive an out of court disposal and that where the offender or the offence requires the powers of the court it is the court process which is applied.”
The Out Of Court Disposals Consultation - November 2013 (PDF, 292.8 KB) will run until 9 January 2014.
You can complete the survey online at or you can send written responses to Claire Steeksma, Post Point 8.06, 8th Floor, 102 Petty France, London SW1H 9AJ.
Alternative formats such as Braille, large print or audio can be requested from Claire Steeksma by telephoning 020 33344811 or emailing them.
If you have any views on use of out of court disposals in Norfolk which you would like to share with the Police and Crime Commissioner, please get in touch.