Out of Court Disposals - appropriate use

MQT on 2015-03-25
Session date: 
March 25, 2015
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


A recent Home Affairs Select committee report noted that 20-30% of out of court disposals national were applied inappropriately. What measure do the MPS have in place to ensure that MPS administered disposals are applied appropriately?


Answer for Out of Court Disposals - appropriate use

Answer for Out of Court Disposals - appropriate use

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS uses both the MOJ's National Framework and Reference Guides on Out of Court Disposals (OOCDs) and the College of Policing's Authorised Professional Practice Guidance to assist police officers in the appropriate use of disposals.  

Alongside this, MOPAC oversees a dip sampling process that generates the Out of Court Disposal (OOCD) cases from the MPS that are reviewed by the OOCDs' Independent Scrutiny Panels.

There are three Independent Scrutiny Panels operating across London. These panels (consisting of representatives from MOPAC, magistrates, CPS and Probation) scrutinise cases from a number of boroughs that fall within their respective area. Their purpose is to examine a selection of MPS cases that have been dealt with by way of an OOCD, review whether the correct process was followed, decide whether the outcome was justified and determine whether the method of disposal was appropriate in the circumstances.

Following discussions prompted by MOPAC, CJS agencies have agreed that the OOCD Independent Scrutiny Panels conduct thematic panels with a specific focus on for example Domestic Abuse, Youth Offending and Business Crime cases that have resulted in an OOCD.