Frequently Asked Questions

Where will the panel meet?

The panel currently alternates meeting between our offices in Exeter and Bristol. The meeting locations are determined in conjunction with panel members based on the most central and or easy accessible location for members to access.

How long do panel meetings last?

The panels formally start at 10am and finish by 4pm, although panel members can arrive anytime after 8.30am to look at the files in more details if they wish to. Half a day is dedicated to hate crime and half a day to domestice abuse and sexual violence, so members may not need to stay all day.

All panel times are agreed with panel members to accommodate as many members needs as possible.

Will I get paid?

Reasonable travel expenses are paid direct into your bank account. Lunch and refreshments are provided at the meetings.

Who will be at the meetings?

The panel is chaired by an independent Facilitator and attended by the Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP), Chris Long or his Deputy, Vicky Cook. Cases are presented by a Prosecutor. The meetings are supported by our Community Engagement Team.

Representatives from each of the three Police Forces across the South West attend these meetings.

Do I need any security clearance?

Panel members are trusted with confidential information, such as case files and unpublished documents such as draft business plans and local policies; therefore all panel members are required to undertake Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks previously known as Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) security clearance checks.

In addition, members are required to sign an undertaking of confidentiality and the Official Secrets Act and complete a register of interests, declaring any paid work they provide to criminal justice or related agencies which could impact on their work on the panel.

How can I get involved?

We are always looking for more people to be involved in the panels that can help us provide a better service for victims and witnesses and ensure justice is done.

Hate Crime

Are you able to:

  • Bring experience of supporting victims of hate crime?
  • Use your experience to help improve how hate crimes are prosecuted?
  • Feedback the work of the panel with colleagues and or communities?
  • Meet with us four times a year?

Domestic Abuse and Sexual Abuse

Are you able to:

  • Bring experience of supporting victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence?
  • Use your experience to help improve how domestic abuse and sexual violence crimes are prosecuted?
  • Feedback the work of the panel with colleagues and or communities?
  • Meet with us four times a year?

 If you are interested in joining one of the panels and can answer yes to the questions above for the panel, please click here to provide your details and contact us.