Crime and justice

Crime, justice and the law is a substantial section on the GOV.UK site, covering Courts, sentencing and tribunals, Prisons and probation, Reporting crimes and getting compensation, Young people and the law, and Your rights and the law. Each of these sections has many sub sections.

UK Criminal Law blog is run by a group of barristers who were concerned at inaccurate reports of criminal cases in the press, the lack of public understanding of the criminal justice system and the number of unlawful sentences handed out by the courts. The blog provides a great deal of information about the court system and the legal system generally, particularly with respect to criminal law.

The Citizens Advice Bureau provides information on your rights and related issues although it mainly covers civil issues rather than crime as such.

Criminal Law Solicitors Association (CLSA) has a directory which enables you to search for a CLSA member solicitor by area (postcode), by name (of the solicitor or of the firm) or by the court.

Victim Support is a voluntary agency that helps people affected by crime and provides support and information to help them deal with their experience.

Lawtons are Criminal Defence Solicitors in London and the South East. In their Resources section, they provide articles on many topics relating to typical questions asked by people accused of a crime and what to do if arrested or charged. Also covered are detailed sections on different types of crime. The material provided is straightforward and informative.

Norrie Waite & Slater of Sheffield, Rotherham and Killamarsh, provide information on their site relating to rights on arrest, being charged and bailed, representation at court and legal aid funding as well as information on how crimes are classified and on each type of crime and how they are treated.

Tosswill & Co. – London, provides information on During the Investigation, At Court, Finding a lawyer, Legal Aid and Fees, and other topics.


Crime and policing in England, Wales and Northern Ireland provides links to the police forces around the country and related organisations as well as lots of information on the police services generally. This is the official Home Office site on this topic.


HM Prison Service is the official GOV.UK site on this topic. The site provides information for the families of prisoners so as to “explain” the process of prison life. There is an extensive list of organisations associated with prisons and their families and the full text of “Prisons Service Orders”. There is also a list of all prisons with information on opening hours and how to get there, a section “about prison life” and prison statistics.

Scottish Prisons Service provides information on prisons in Scotland.

Criminal injuries compensation

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is a Non-Departmental Public Body which administers the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme throughout England, Scotland and Wales. Since its introduction in 1964, it has provided some tangible acknowledgement of societys sympathy for innocent victims of violent crime or those injured trying to apprehend criminals or prevent a crime. They receive over 40,000 applications for compensation each year and spend in excess of £200,000,000 per year in compensation payments. The site describes the scheme, provides the forms in pdf format and gives advice on how to apply for compensation.

Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel (CICAP) has the role of determining appeals against decisions made by the The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) (as above) solely arising from claims for compensation for criminal injuries made on and after 1 April 1996 under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme. You can search for decisions under Eligibility, Compensation and Procedure and then refine the search with keywords and date (decisions are in pdf format). You can also find information about hearings in any particular area and download the form.

CICA-UK is a trading name of The Dures Partnership Solicitors, based in Liverpool, acting for clients all around the country. People who have been physically or mentally injured can apply to the CICA for compensation ranging from £1,000 to £500,000 and CICA-UK will assist with this process. There is quite a lot of information about how it all works on their site.

Criminal Injuries Compensation works under the guidance of Winston Solicitors, of Leeds, and provides information on the compensation scheme and the process of making a claim. There is a Frequently Asked Questions section and a Criminal Injuries Compensation Calculator.

Criminal Injuries Claims provide information on the compensation scheme and the process of making a claim. This service is managed by the Criminal Claims Bureau, a regulated firm providing legal services to victims of crime.