Use of Cautions

MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The Mayor's new Sentencing Unit vowed to follow up on any cases with which they disagreed. Would you agree that the Unit should follow up cases where cautions are given for serious crimes such as rape and GBH?


Answer for Use of Cautions

Answer for Use of Cautions

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Cautions should not, on the whole, be used for serious cases such as rape, or Grievous Bodily Harm.

MOPAC will be developing arrangements to monitor sentences that may be unduly lenient, but this will not include reviewing cautions and other out-of-court disposals.

It is my understanding that the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is undertaking a review on the use of cautions to ensure that they are being applied appropriately. MoJ are also developing the local scrutiny panel arrangements (with involvement from the Met), whereby panels would scrutinise the use of cautions locally and identify poor practice.