Criminal justice System inspections

Part of: Victims and resolutions

Please note: In July 2017 HMIC took on responsibility for fire & rescue service inspections and was renamed HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS). Inspections carried out before July 2017 may continue to refer to HMIC.

Criminal Justice System reform

Getting cases ready for court – A joint review of the quality of prosecution case files by HMIC and HMCPSI – 2013

In our recent report, Stop the Drift 2, we examined a sample of case files in the magistrates’ courts where the police had anticipated a guilty plea from the defendant. This found little evidence of any improvement since the NAO report was published.

This review builds on the work undertaken since 2011 by the National Audit Office, criminal justice inspectorates, and the joint CPS/Police National Prosecution Team.

Read Getting cases ready for court – A joint review of the quality of prosecution case files by HMIC and HMCPSI

Stop the Drift 2 – A Continuing Focus on 21st Century Criminal Justice – 2013

Inspectors of the police and Crown Prosecution Service believe that the time has come for those with responsibility for the criminal justice system to act decisively to streamline the criminal justice process, and end the unnecessary bureaucracy that has been a barrier to progress.

This report follows on from Criminal justice inspection: Stop the drift, published in 2010.

Read Stop the Drift 2 – A Continuing Focus on 21st Century Criminal Justice (a joint review by HMIC and HMCPSI)

Criminal justice inspection: Stop the drift – 2010

There is no single agency or person in charge of the Criminal Justice System (CJS). Following unprecedented budget cuts, there was a need to reform working practices and to eliminate waste.

This inspection looked at ways to effect change.

Read Criminal justice inspection: Stop the drift

Criminal Justice processes inspections

Use of restorative justice in the criminal justice system – 2012

The aim of this review was to identify the benefits of restorative justice practices across the criminal justice system. It was a joint inspection, carried out by HMIC, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation, Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons.

Read Facing Up To Offending: Use of restorative justice in the criminal justice system

Experience of young victims and witnesses in the criminal justice system inspection – 2012

This is the report of the Chief Inspectors of Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate and HMIC into the treatment of young victims and witnesses in the criminal justice system.

Read Joint inspection report on the experience of young victims and witnesses in the criminal justice system