Independent Scrutiny Panel
Our Out of Court Disposals Scrutiny Panel independently
scrutinises the use of Out of Court Disposals in response
to national recommendations following concerns about their
The role of the Panel is to ensure that the use of Out of Court
Disposals is appropriate and proportionate, consistent with
national and local policy, and consider the victims’ wishes where
Panel terms of reference (Word)
The Panel is not a forum to retrospectively
amend case outcomes, but where appropriate deliver valuable
feedback on suitability of Out of Court Disposals application,
highlight best practice, and provide individual and organisational
learning, whilst increasing transparency.
The Panel consider performance information,
and changes to legislation, BTP policy and practice to support them
in their role. The overarching aim of the Panel is to bring
transparency to the use of Out of Court Disposals in order to
increase understanding and confidence in their use. Findings of the
Panel, together with organisational learning, will be reported
publicly to support this aim.
Reports and feedback from the Out of Court
Disposal Scrutiny Panel meetings can be found at the Scrutiny Panel meetings page.
Membership of the Panel comprises
representatives of Magistrates, Legal Advisors, Youth Offending
Teams, the Crown Prosecution Service, Her Majesties Courts and
Tribunal Service, the Probation Service and representatives from
the British Transport Police’s Independent Advisory Group. Due to
the unique position of BTP as a national Police Service membership
will remain fluid to ensure stakeholders and regional
representatives attend when possible.