Out-of-court disposals

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-03-25
Session date: 
March 25, 2015
Reference: 
2015/1177
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

The Home Affairs Select Committee has recently suggested that out-of-court disposals are being used inappropriately in up to 30 per cent of cases, with too many serial offenders not being given strong enough punishments. What steps are you, MOPAC and the Metropolitan Police Service taking to ensure that out-of-court disposals are only used when they are most appropriate?

Answer

Answer for Out-of-court disposals

Answer for Out-of-court disposals

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Please see my earlier response to MQ 974 / 2015.

Police officers also consider the ACPO Case Disposal Gravity Factor Matrix to assist them in the appropriate use of disposals.  They consider offence type; evidence available and whether an admission of guilt has been provided.  Police officers also take into account the victim's views and public interest considerations.  They often consult with other agencies (e.g. CPS or YOTS) and consider whether reparation or restorative justice is appropriate.