An Out of Court Disposal (OoCD) is a way of letting police deal with less serious, and often first time, offending that can be more appropriately handled without going to court.
Therefore, police can only use an OoCD in limited circumstances and only when the suspect admits the offence.
OoCD methods can include restorative justice, community resolutions, conditional cautioning, simple cautions, cannabis warnings, Penalty Notices for Disorder and interventions for young people.
More information on OoCD approaches can be found by going to the Quick Guide to Out of Court Disposals.
Joint Cleveland and Durham Out of Court Disposal Scrutiny Panel
Cleveland Police and Durham Constabulary established the OoCD panel in 2013. It was one of the first in the country.
Members of the panel are not police officers. Staff from a range of partner agencies make up the panel. This allows them to review a selection of anonymised cases independently. Police have earlier resolved cases with an OoCD.
The aim of the panel is to decide whether the method of disposal is considered appropriate, based on a review of the information available at the time of the OoCD. The panel cannot re-open a case and has no referral or appeals capability. Itl assesses the process and identifies any learning from it to assist police to continuously improve. The panel meets quarterly and identifies key themes to scrutinise.
Members aim to provide transparency and accountability as well as increase the public’s understanding, confidence and trust in how both police forces use OoCDs.
The Police and Crime Commissioners for Cleveland and Durham provide information to the public about the work of the panel and publish updates on their websites.
Summary of Recent Cases Considered
Meeting date: 11 September 2019
Theme: Young People
If you have any questions about Out of Court Disposals, please contact Cleveland and Durham PCCs at the following emails: