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Alternatives to going to court

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Dealing with crime out of court allows for the police to deal proportionately with certain types of crimes.

These are known as "Out of Court Disposals" and are not suitable for more serious cases or those where the offender does not admit their responsibility.

The aim is to increase victim satisfaction by giving those affected by lower level crimes quicker access to justice, and allowing them to have a say in their own case outcomes.

Officers are encouraged to consider the gravity of a case and issue either a conditional caution, setting conditions agreed with the victim, or a community resolution, such as an apology or reparations that the victim deems appropriate.

They would also not be normally considered for those offenders who repeatedly commit crimes.

Together with the Crown Prosecution Service or the Young Offending Team, we may consider an alternative to going to court is a more appropriate method of dealing with a case.

 

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