An out of court disposal (OoCD) is a method used to allow the Police to deal efficiently and effectively with less serious and often first time offending that can be proportionately and more appropriately handled without going to court. An OoCD can only be used in limited circumstances and only when the suspect takes responsibility for the offence. The method for dealing with suspects in this way includes restorative approaches, community resolutions, conditional cautioning, simple cautions, cannabis warnings, Penalty Notices for Disorder and interventions for young people. More information about each of these approaches can be found by accessing the link below:
About the Joint Cleveland and Durham Out of Court Disposal Scrutiny Panel
The OoCD panel was established collaboratively between Cleveland Police and Durham Constabulary and was one of the first set up across the country in 2013. Members of the panel are not police officers but are from a range of partner agencies allowing them to independently review a selection of anonymised cases that have been resolved by the police with an OoCD. The Police and Crime Commissioners for Cleveland and Durham are in a unique position to provide information to the public about the work of the panel and will continue to publish updates on their websites.
The aim of the panel is to determine whether the method of disposal is considered appropriate, based on a review of the information/evidence available to the decision maker at the time. The panel cannot reopen a case and has no referral or appeals capability. The purpose of the panel is not to re-judge these cases but to assess the process and identify any appropriate learning to assist the police with continuous improvement. The panel meets on a quarterly basis and identifies key themes to scrutinise.
The intention of the panel is to provide transparency and accountability and to increase the public’s understanding, confidence and trust in how both Forces use OoCDs, with particular focus on the delivery of appropriate and proportionate justice.
Summary of recent cases considered
Meeting date: 8 May 2019
Theme: Repeat Victim
Contact the Panel
If you have any questions about Out of Court Disposals, how the scrutiny panel works or have any feedback on the content and format of this web page, please contact the Durham or Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioners' office by emailing: