Out-of-court disposals

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One of several methods of concluding the action of the criminal justice system in respect of a crime without proceeding to a prosecution; they are administered and effected by the police, and enable them to deal quickly and proportionately with low-level, often first-time offences; they include:

  • cautions,
  • cannabis warnings,
  • penalty notices for disorder,
  • community resolutions.

Some have a statutory basis and some do not; they are explained more fully in HMIC’s 2014 report Crime-recording: making the victim count.

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