Chapter 5 Web links
Portal linking to the websites of all the principal actors in the criminal justice system. It should be the first port of call for anyone interested in criminal justice. Information is focussed on the victims of crime, witnesses, those accused of crime, and the role of jurors.
Home page of HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services, the body which is charged by statute with examining and improving the efficiency of police forces and fire and rescue services throughout England and Wales. The site provides links to the variety of inspections that it undertakes.
Home page for the Crown Prosecution Service. It is also the home page of the Revenue and Customs Prosecution Authority, which is responsible for prosecuting some of the UK's largest criminal cases, including drug smuggling, tax fraud, money laundering and cases dealing with endangered species. Site contains links to a large number of statements on prosecution policies.
Home page of the Serious Fraud Office. The SFO is a government department which forms part of the UK criminal justice system. Its aim is to investigate and prosecute serious and complex fraud and so deter fraud and maintain confidence in the probity of business and financial services in the United Kingdom.
Home page of the National Crime Agency which investigates serious and international crime.
Criminal investigations and trials
This is the site of the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee, established in 2004 to develop common rules of procedure for the criminal courts.
Home page for the Sentencing Council. The Council issues guidance to the courts (usually following consultation) on issues relating to the criminal trial process, principally on sentencing matters, but also on other related matters as well.
Probation and prison
Home page introducing the Youth Justice Board, established under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. The Board is responsible for: advising the Home Secretary on the operation of the youth justice system; monitoring the operation and performance of the youth justice system, including the youth court, the work of the offending teams and the delivery of secure accommodation; advising the Home Secretary on standards for the work of youth offending teams; identifying and disseminating good practice.
Links to wide range of statistics on crime and criminal justice.
Home page of the crime survey for England and Wales (CSEW), which measures the amount of crime in England and Wales by asking people about crimes they have experienced in the last year. The CSEW includes crimes which are not reported to the police, so it is an important alternative to police records.
Review and parole
Page introducing the work of the Parole Board with links to pages about how it does its work.
Victim and witness perspectives
Home page of Victim Support, the independent charity which helps people cope with the effects of crime.
Website of the Restorative Justice Council, which promotes processes designed to bring those harmed by crime or conflict, and those responsible for the harm, into communication, enabling everyone affected by a particular incident to play a part in repairing the harm and finding a positive way forward.
Home page of HM Inspectorate of Prisons, responsible for an annual programme of inspections of prisons, some of which are pre-planned, others of which are unannounced.
Home page of HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services, charged with the responsibility to examine and improve the efficiency of police forces and fire and rescue services.
Introduction to H M Inspectorate of Probation, responsible for ensuring that the National Probation Service and allied organisations are providing high quality advice to criminal and civil courts and to contributing to public protection by the effective supervision of offenders; and that such services represent value for money.
Ombudsmen and complaints procedures (see also Chapter 6)
Home page of the Independent Office for Police Conduct (formerly the Independent Police Complaints Commission), with information about its work and how to make a complaint.
Home page of the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman. He is appointed by the Home Secretary and investigates complaints from prisoners and those subject to probation supervision, or those upon whom reports have been written. The Ombudsman is completely independent of both the Prison Service and the National Probation Service. It contains useful links to other ombudsman organisations and also to other bodies interested in penal reform and criminal justice.