An out of court disposal (OOCD) is a method of resolving an investigation when the offender is known and the offender admits the offence.
When can an out of court disposal be used?
An OOCD can only be used in specific circumstances and enables the police to deal quickly and proportionately with low-level, offending which could more appropriately be resolved without a prosecution at court.
What is the purpose of the scrutiny panel?
The intention of the scrutiny panel is to provide transparency and accountability and an increase in public understanding, confidence and trust in how Northumbria Police use out of court disposals with particular focus on the delivery of appropriate and proportionate justice and ensuring redress for victims of crime as well as addressing the root causes of offending behaviour.
The scrutiny panel has no referral or appeals capability and is not intended to re-judge cases. It will assess the relevant processes, interactions and decisions to identify any continuous organisational learning.
Overview of the meeting
Deputy Chair North Northumbria Magistrates (Chair)
Chief of Staff, Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner
Policy and Research Officer, Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner
Coordinator, Victims First Northumbria
Legal Manager, North Northumbria Magistrates Advocacy Team
North Northumbria Magistrates
Chair, South Northumbria Magistrates
South Northumbria Magistrates
District Crown Prosecutor, CPS
Prosecution and Victims Services, Chief Inspector, Northumbria Police
Criminal Justice, Northumbria Police
Force Crime Registrar, Northumbria Police
Director, Northumbria Community Rehabilitation Company
Head of Service, Sunderland Youth Offending Service
South Tyneside Youth Justice Service
Team Manager, Gateshead Youth Offending Team
Deputy Justices’ Clerk, HMCTS
Executive Support, Northumbria Police (Police Minute Taker)