Frequently Asked Questions

Where will the panel meet?
The panels meet at various locations across Wessex, the exact locations are determined in conjunction with panel members based on the most central and or easily 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 any time after 8:30am to look at the files in more detail if they wish.

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 to your bank account, and lunch and refreshments are provided at the meetings.

Who will be at the meetings?
The panels are chaired by an independent Facilitator and attended by the Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor, Steve Hoolohan. Cases are presented by the relevant subject champion. Representatives from each of the three police forces across Wessex attend these meetings.

Equality, Diversity and Community Engagement Manger, Carrie Sanderson, attends all the meetings and supports the panels.

For more details on the community panel members please see the individual panel pages.

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Panel members are trusted with confidential information such as case files, and unpublished documents such as draft business plans and local policies.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 Scrutiny Panel
Are you able to:

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

 Violence Against Women and Girls Scrutiny Panel
Are you able to:

  •  Bring experience of supporting victims of violence against women and girls crimes?
  • Use your experience to help us improve how violence against women and girls 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 that panel please click here to provide your details and contact us.