Sanders, Young & Burton: Criminal Justice 4e
Government website providing overview of criminal justice matters and links to materials from the departments with responsibility for the criminal justice system (Home Office, Ministry of Justice, and Attorney General’s Office) and external organizations.
The Home Office
Government department with responsibility for the police. Works with the Ministry of Justice and other government departments on criminal justice matters. Details of policies, practices and research available on this site. For links to research see RDS Publications (below).
Home Office RDS Publications
Website includes a range of research and statistics relating to crime, policing, immigration, drugs, and other areas of Home Office responsibility.
The Ministry of Justice
Government department with responsibility for the courts, prisons and probation services. Works with the Home Office and other government departments on criminal justice matters. Details of policies, practices and research available on this site.
Attorney General’s Office
Provides legal and strategic advice to the Government’s law officers. Some relevant criminal justice publications, policy documents, and press releases are available on this site (for example plea bargaining policies and guidance on jury vetting).
The Crown Prosecution Service
Body responsible for prosecuting cases investigated by the police in England and Wales. Website contains own policy documents and commissioned research as well as responses to external consultations.
Represents solicitors in England and Wales. Website contains own policy documents and commissioned research as well as responses to external consultations.
Represents barristers in England and Wales. Website contains own policy documents and commissioned research as well as responses to external consultations.
Independent body set up by Parliament to review and recommend reform of the law in England and Wales. Consultations papers and responses on reforms in the areas of criminal law and criminal justice can be accessed here.
Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO)
Senior police officers input into the policy making process on policing matters. Also issues statements to the media on the policing perspective.
An independent human rights organisation which works to defend and extend rights and freedoms in England and Wales. Produces a range of publications including many policy papers relevant to criminal justice.
Innocence Network UK
An umbrella organisation for member innocence projects in UK Universities. Works towards overturning the wrongful convictions of the innocent.
Report of proceedings of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Useful for following parliamentary debates relating to criminal justice matters.
Website where you can find British and Irish case law & legislation, European Union case law, Law Commission reports, and other law-related British and Irish material.
HMIC (Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary)
HMIC is the independent Inspectorate for the police. Research reports can be accessed here.
HMCPSI (Her Majesty's Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate)
HMCPSI s the independent Inspectorate for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). Research reports can be accessed here.
Legal Services Commission (LSC)
Runs the Legal Aid scheme in England and Wales. Source of information about criminal defence funding and related matters.
An independent body to review the efficiency and effectiveness of the delivery of public services.
Carries links to news stories on criminal law and criminal justice matters.
Centre for Criminal Justice Studies at King's College London
The Centre produces an extensive range of publications on different aspects of criminal justice, including research reports, policy briefing papers, pamphlets, journal articles, lecture presentations, and speeches.
Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC)
The Criminal Cases Review Commission is the independent public body set up to investigate possible miscarriages of justice in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Commission assesses whether convictions or sentences should be referred to a court of appeal.
Sentencing Guidelines Council (SCG)
The Sentencing Guidelines Council is an independent body with both judicial and non-judicial members. It issues guidelines to encourage consistency of sentencing in all courts in England and Wales. Guidelines and research reports can be accessed on this site.