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21 February, 2020

Independent Chair sought for Justice Panel

Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner is seeking an Independent Chair for her Out of Court Disposal Scrutiny Panel.

The Chair of the panel will be independent of North Yorkshire Police, the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner and criminal justice agencies such as HM Courts & Tribunals Service and the Crown Prosecution Service.

Julia set up the Out of Court Disposals Scrutiny Panel to independently scrutinise the use of Out of Court Disposals in response to public concerns about their appropriate use.

The role of the Panel is to ensure that the use of Out of Court Disposals are:

  • appropriate and proportionate,
  • consistent with national and local policy, and
  • considers the victims’ wishes where appropriate.

The Panel does not review individual decisions but assess their appropriate use, highlight examples of good practice and make recommendations for improvement. The Panel consider performance information, and changes to legislation, 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.

The post is voluntary but expenses will be reimbursed.

More information about the Panel and the Terms of Engagement are available on our website; https://www.northyorkshire-pfcc.gov.uk/police-oversight/governance/out-of-court-disposals/

The independent Chair will lead the Panel, making recommendations to the various organisations with responsibility for Out of Court Disposals, learning from best practice and making sure victims are front and centre of this process.”

To apply for the role, please email thomas.thorp@northyorkshire-pfcc.gov.uk, or call the office on 01423 569562.