Policy paper

Out-of-court disposals

A review of simple cautions launched on 15 April 2013. The report of the review was published in November 2013.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government


Initial findings from the review of the use of out-of-court disposals

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The review of simple cautions was led by the Ministry of Justice and overseen by a review group comprising Home Office and Attorney General’s Office officials, Police representatives, College of Policing representatives and the CPS.

In November 2009 the then Government asked the Office for Criminal Justice Reform to undertake a review of the use of out-of-court disposals. A report was produced in February 2010 and presents the initial findings of that review.

Following the change of Government in May 2010 the review was brought to an end, but its findings informed the proposals contained in the Ministry of Justice consultation document ‘Breaking the Cycle: Effective Punishment, Rehabilitation and Sentencing of Offenders’ published in December 2010.

Published 9 June 2011
Last updated 14 November 2013 + show all updates
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