The legal system must uphold fairness in society: both in business and for individuals. We want to ensure justice for victims of crime and better rehabilitation for criminals, with a reduction in the rate of reoffending.

The justice system must punish the guilty, protect our liberties and rehabilitate offenders. We will ensure that more criminals make amends to victims and communities for the harm they have caused and help them break the destructive cycle of crime.



  1. Vulnerable witnesses practice direction

    • Consultation outcome
  2. Amendments to Family Procedure Rules: vulnerable witnesses and children

    • Consultation outcome
  3. Part 9 Family Procedure Rules 2010

    • Consultation outcome

See all consultations



  1. Prison population figures: 2018

    • Official Statistics
  2. Youth custody data

    • Official Statistics
  3. Knife and offensive weapon sentencing quarterly: April to June 2018

    • Official Statistics

See all statistics

Detailed guides

  1. Use of the common law offence of conspiracy to defraud

    Attorney General's guidelines for prosecutors on the use of the common law offence of conspiracy to defraud. First published 2007. Read more

  2. Consent of the Attorney General to prosecute: how to apply

    Guidance, created in 2012, for those who wish to begin a private prosecution for offences where the Attorney General’s consent is required. Read more

  3. NOMS graduate programme

    Find out how the NOMS graduate programme is structured, the career paths it opens up and the qualities you'll need to secure your place. Read more

  4. Legal aid contracts: instruct third parties

    Your responsibilities if you instruct third parties - as set out in legal aid contract standard terms documents. Read more

  5. Claim the evidence provision fee

    Find out when and how litigators can claim the EPF for Crown Court legal aid work. Read more