Current consultations

Expectations for court custody

HMI Prisons is currently consulting on our Expectations, Criteria for assessing the treatment of and conditions for detainees in court custody. The Expectations have been developed independently by HMI Prisons and set out the criteria by which we inspect outcomes for detainees in court custody facilities and their transfer to and from those facilities. This is the second version of our court custody Expectations; it has been revised and updated so that we can continue to fulfil our responsibility to deliver independent and objective assessments of outcomes for detainees. The expectations have been divided into five sections which reflect the governance and journey of detainees experiencing court custody: Leadership and multi-agency relationships; Transfer to court custody; In the custody suite; In the custody cell;  Release and transfer from court custody.

The revision of Expectations incorporates learning from our court custody inspections to date and other best practice. The expectations are underpinned by human rights treaties and standards which are now explained under each of the five sections.

We welcome any comments that you may have on the draft. We prefer to receive comments in marked-up copies of the Word file (140.37 kB), using comments and amendments (tracked changes). However, we will accept replies in any form. Please ensure that you provide the name of the organisation you are replying on behalf of (if applicable) and contact details for a named individual so that we can get back to you with any questions. Please email your response to kellie.reeve@hmiprisons.gov.uk no later than 31 January 2020. If you need any help in replying to this consultation please email kellie.reeve@hmiprisons.gov.uk or call 07889 414238. We will provide feedback to all replies at the end of the consultation process.