Administration of Justice

CAIN (Conflict Archive on the Internet)

This site contains information and source material on the troubles in Northern Ireland from 1968 to the present. Full-text publications and documents are available on the background of the conflict, the key issues involved, and theoretical explanations of the problem. The site also provides access to searchable bibliographic databases.

Community Justice Portal

The Community Justice Portal provides access to news, archives, press releases, and publications from the Association of Chief Police Officers, the Home Office, the Probation Service, and Narco. Full access requires (free) registration.

Criminal Justice System Northern Ireland

Web site of the Criminal Justice System Northern Ireland lists the Director of Public Prosecutions, Northern Ireland Court Service, Northern Ireland Office, Northern Ireland Prison Service, Police Service of Northern Ireland, and the Probation Board for Northern Ireland.  Information and key documents relating to the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland are available.

Criminal Justice System for England and Wales

Official Internet site for the Criminal Justice System in England and Wales.  The site provides links to the key departments and offers a number of publications such as the Criminal Business Quarterly Report 1999 onwards, Public Service Agreement White Paper and CJS Strategic Plan for reading or downloading in PDF format.

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC)

Agency charged with examining and improving the efficiency of the police service in England and Wales. Includes full text of thematic reports published by the Inspectorate as well as the full text of reports on various police forces in England and Wales.

Home Office (UK)

The Home Office is the government department responsible for internal affairs in England and Wales. Website is designed around key subjects, including crime reduction and criminal justice.
Use as an entry point for all government agencies.

Magenta Book: Guidance Notes on Policy Evaluation

The Government Social Research Unit has compiled this set of guidance notes on policy evaluation and analysis to help practioners to determine what constitutes high quality work in the field on policy evaluation and analysis.

Ministry of Justice

This is the official website of the Ministry of Justice. Users can access reports and data, news, and numerous links to related organizations.

Northern Ireland Office

Official website of the Northern Ireland Office which is the office of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. The Secretary of State retains responsibility for constitutional and security issues as they relate to Northern Ireland, in particular law & order, policing and criminal justice policy. From this site the user can link to a review of the Northern Ireland criminal justice system and to a list of the offices of the Northern Ireland Executive.

UK Criminal Justice Weblog

Daily news and information on criminal justice issues produced by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies are provided.  Items from UK news sources and government and criminal justice organizations, full text reports and press releases are available.

UK Government Information Service

This website lists all UK government departments and agencies. Browse lists by topic, an alphabetical index, or do a search of the entire site.


HM Inspectorate of Probation (HMIP)

The HMIP conducts inspections to determine the extent to which the National Probation Service for England and Wales is fulfilling its statutory duties, contributing to the achievement of the Home Office and Criminal Justice Aims, and meeting performance and efficiency targets as required, as well as promoting race equality and wider diversity issues in the National Probation Service.

Her Majesty's Prison Service

The Home Office Prison Service exists to ensure that those sent to it by the courts are looked after with fairness and humanity while maintaining the highest standards of security possible for the general public. Site includes information on prison staffing levels and populations, the latest news releases from the Prison Service, and abstracts of articles from the Prison Service Journal.

International Centre for Prison Studies

The International Centre for Prison Studies seeks to assist governments and other relevant agencies in developing appropriate policies on prisons and the use of imprisonment. The Centre's activities are concentrated within five main areas: policy issues, best practices, alternatives to prison, World Brief (a worldwide prison information resource), and Punishment and Society (an international journal of penology published by Sage). Selected ICPS publications are available on the website.

National Offender Management Service (NOMS)

"As a new single service, NOMS, brings together the work of correctional services. It ensures that court sentences are effectively implemented across organisational boundaries and that the focus is on end to end management of the offender. NOMS will also be responsible for designing interventions and services for offenders that are designed to reduce reoffending and reconviction and protect the public."

Northern Ireland Prison Service

The Northern Ireland Prison Service is committed to offering a service to the commonwealth of Northern Ireland by holding prisoners securely and working to reduce the risk of re-offending through offering constructive regimes. Site includes the latest annual report, prison population statistics, and Prison Service news releases.

Parole Board for England & Wales

The Parole Board exists to carry out risk assessments to inform decisions on the early release of prisoners with the ultimate aim of protecting the public. Site includes the latest annual report, contact information, and news releases.

Prison Health Research Network

Funded by the Department of Health, this network is a collaboration of many different universities. Their areas of work are health research in prisons and health research in th epolice, courts and probation. The database includes information of ethics and governmental approvals, funding opportunities, policy and reports, and a research library.

Corruption, Cybercrime & Fraud

CIFAS - The UK's Fraud Prevention Service

EstaCIFAS is the UK's Fraud Prevention Service with 265 Members spread across banking, credit cards, asset finance, retail credit, mail order, insurance, savings and investments, telecommunications, factoring, and share dealing. Members share information about fraud in the fight to prevent further fraud.

Fraud Advisory Panel: FAP

Established in 1998 through a public spirited initiative by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, the Panel is an independent body of volunteers drawn from the law and accountancy, banking, insurance, commerce, regulators, the police, government departments, and public agencies.  The role of the Panel is to alert the nation to the immense social and economic damage caused by fraud and to help both public and private sectors to fight back.  Articles available in PDF format.

Internet Watch Foundation

The IWF is an authorised organisation in the UK operating an internet ‘hotline’ for the public and IT professionals to report their exposure to potentially illegal content online.

Intellectual Property Crime Group

The Government's Innovation Review, published in December 2003 tasked IP office with developing a new national strategy for dealing with IP crime. As such, they have set up a specialist team to specifically look at how IP Crime damages both society and businesses in the United Kingdom and overseas. The site inlcudes links to the crime strategy and IP crime reports.

National Fraud Initiative - Audit Commission

The National Fraud Initiative is a UK-wide anti-fraud programme, started in 1996, whose members are both public bodies and private sector organizations. It is a data-matching exercise to compare information and identify discrepancies. This website hosts reports for 1998, 2000, 2002-03, 2004-05, 2006-07 and 2008-09. It also contains short case studies of successful outcomes.

The National Hi-Tech Crime Unit

The National Hi Tech Crime Unit has now become part of the Serious Organised Crime Agency.

Serious Fraud Office

This governmental body investigates serious fraud in the business and financial sector in the U.K.  The website includes copies of its annual report from 1996 to present.

Transparency International, UK

Transparency International (TI) is committed to fighting corruption using transparency as a major tool. TI is dedicated to combating corruption at the national and international levels through constructive partnerships with governments, the private sector, civil society and international organisations. Available on this website are descriptions of programs of TI, reports, papers, and annual reports.

Crime Prevention

Business Crime Check

Sponsored by the Home Office and the Scottish Executive, this site supports efforts to reduce business crime in the UK.

Crime Concern

Crime Concern is an independent organization that works with Government departments, the police, local authorities, housing, youth and volunteer agencies to help reduce crime and create safer communities. This site provides access to online briefing papers.

Crime Reduction

This Home Office-sponsored site provides information for home and business owners on crime reduction strategies, government policies, frequently asked questions, and toolkits for do-it-yourself crime reduction. The site also includes an interactive database on many crime-related topics, as well as statistics, recent publications, and news releases from the government.


This site offers useful publications from its Crime Reduction link, including newsletters and crime prevention publications. is an on-line guide to what works in neighborhood renewal. Topics addressed include housing and environment, worklessness, education, crime, health, and local economies. The site provides access to how to guides, case studies, and project summaries.


The National High-Tech Crime Unit examines national and transnational hi-tech and internet-related crime that occurs within and that impacts the United Kingdom.

Secured by Design

This site is an initiative of the Association of Chief Police Officers for England, Wales and Northern Ireland (ACPO), providing further information about the aims and work of SBD.

Drugs & Alcohol

Alcohol & Drugs Research and Guidance

This site "provides a selection of freely available research and guidance relating to substance misuse published by government agencies and Royal Colleges in the UK, as well as selected publications from overseas, focusing on publications of particular relevance to practitioners."

Centre for Drug Misuse Research

The Centre was created in 1994 to provide a center for research into various topics related to drug misuse.  The page includes publications and links to related agencies.

Drugs Prevention Advisory Service (Home Office)

The Drugs Prevention Advisory Service (DPAS) website offers information aimed primarily at policy-makers, planners, academics and practitioners. The site details the role of the DPAS in the organizational structure of the Home Office, the National Drug Strategy, and includes several reports and links of interest.


Includes a database of information on drugs and their effects, addiction, treatment, education, and the legal issues related to drug use and abuse.

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) - Country Overview

The EMCDDA country overview provides a structured synopsis of the trends and characteristics of national drug problems. It consists of a summary of the national drug situation, key statistics at a glance and a barometer showing the drug use prevalence position of the United Kingdom.

Institute of Alcohol Studies

The Institute is an educational and research body that promotes the prevention of alcohol related problems. The website contains a number of facsheets on alcohol related issues, general alcohol reports from across the UK, and a listing of other UK alcohol and related sites.

Portman Group

The Portman Group is an organization whose purpose is to "promote sensible drinking; to help prevent alcohol misuse; and to foster a balanced understanding of alcohol-related issues."  The site includes information on several related areas such as drunk driving, crimes and disorders, young people and drinking, as responsible drinking.

Human Rights

Committee on the Administration of Justice (Northern Ireland)

The Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) was established in 1981 and is an independent non-governmental organisation affiliated with the International Federation of Human Rights. The Committee seeks to secure the highest standards in the administration of justice in Northern Ireland by ensuring that the government complies with its responsibilities in international human rights law. Site includes press releases, the Just News newsletter, annual reports, and a list of available publications.

Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

The Commission "aims to protect and promote the human rights of everyone in Northern Ireland in  law, policing and practice."  The site includes  press releases, speeches, and numerous publications of the Commissioner.

Human Smuggling/Trafficking

United Kingdom Human Trafficking Centre

This is the Website of the United Kingdom Human Trafficking Centre, a multi-agency, police-led unit which was set up in October 2006. The Website contains information and news about human trafficking and the work of the UKHTC.

Juvenile Justice

Research Digests -  The Edinburgh Study of Youths Transitions and Crime

Research digests present the key findings of the Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime.

Youth Justice Board

Includes information on meetings, volunteer activities, and regional centers working with young offenders.  This site contains the full-text of a number of documents relating to the organization of the youth justice system, police powers over juveniles and current legislation.

Law & the Courts

Court Service

The Court Service provides information on court services, judgments, jury duty, daily court listings, and more.

Crown Prosecution Service

The CPS is the Government Department that prosecutes people in England and Wales who have been charged by the police with a criminal offence. Access casework statistics through its online Annual Report. General information on the role of the prosecutor in England and Wales is available.

Guide to Law Online, United Kingdom

The Guide to Law Online, prepared by the United States Law Library of Congress Public Services Division, is an annotated guide to sources of information on government and law available online. It includes selected links to useful and reliable sites for legal information.

A Guide to the UK Legal System

This is an online guide to the UK legal system.

Judiciary of England and Wales

Official Website of the judiciary of England and Wales providing information on judges, magistrates and tribunal members and including reports, judgements and key facts. There is information describing the various types of judges and their role, functions and jurisdiction, court dress and forms of address. Key facts are provided including statistics, a legal calendar, and an organization chart of the court hierarchy.

Law Commission

The Law Commission is the independent body established by Parliament in 1965 to keep the law of England and Wales under review and to recommend reform when needed. The site provides details of laws currently under review by the Commission. Use the Law Commission Library to view summaries of recent consultation papers or reports, browse summaries of the documents, or download the full-text of the documents. One can also view a list of all Law Commission consultation papers and their resultant reports.

Northern Ireland Court Service

This site provides access to information on civil and criminal courts in Northern Ireland. Documents are provided in PDF format and cover a variety of topics.

Sentencing Guidelines

This site provides information about the work of the Sentencing Guidelines Council (SGC) and the Sentencing Advisory Panel (SAP).  The SGC was set up under the Criminal Justice Act 2003 with responsibility for issuing sentencing guidelines to assist courts dealing with criminal cases.  The site has profiles of SGC members, minutes of meetings presented in PDF format and draft guidelines published to date.  The Sentencing Advisory Panel is an independent body providing advice to the Sentencing Guidelines Council and previously to the Court of Appeal.  This section of the site includes SAP research reports and consultation papers which can be viewed online in HTML and PDF.

The U.K. Statute Law Database

The UK Statute Law Database (SLD) is the official revised edition of the primary legislation of the United Kingdom made available online.  The databse can be searched on Key-words or by year.

Organized Crime

Financial Service Authority

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) is an independent non-governmental body, given statutory powers by the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. We are a company limited by guarantee and financed by the financial services industry.   Site features publications on money laundering laws and regulations of the UK.

National Criminal Intelligence Service

NCIS is devoted to developing intelligence on serious and organised crime in the UK and throughout the world. Press releases on domestic and international issues are available online. NCIS produces a variety of publications, both for law enforcement use and for public information. These include the Annual Report, in-house staff publications, and the tri-annual NCIS bulletin for law enforcement. The most recent publications are available online.

Organised Crime Task Force

The Organised Crime Task Force in Northern Ireland is dedicated to making Northern Ireland a safe and stable society by tackling organised crime.

Serious Organised Crime Agency

"The Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) is a new law enforcement agency created to reduce the harm caused to people and communities in the UK by serious organised crime.  It takes over the functions of the National Crime Squad (NCS), the National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS), the role of HMRC in investigating drug trafficking and related criminal finance and some of the functions of the UK Immigration Service (UKIS) in dealing with organised immigration crime."

Policing & Law Enforcement

Association of Chief Police Officers

The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) is a professional organization of senior serving police officers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The website provides details on the organization and its recent activities, as well as information on members, commentary on official policy toward police, and more. Some documents are in PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format.

Association of Police Authorities

This is the website of the Association of Police Authorities (APA) that was established in 1997.  It represents police authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  APA influences policy on policing and supports local police authorities in their important role.  This site offers a range of reports of the APA.

British Association for Women in Policing

This is the website for the British Association for Women in Policing (BAWP) that was founded in 1987.  BAWP draws members from all ranks of the police service, and support staff, both male and female.  This site offers information about the membership and work of the BAWP.

Independent Police Complaints Commission

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is the successor to The Police Complaints Authority (PCS). The IPCC is an independent body which reviews complaints against the British police forces. Their site provides information on the purpose of the body, its current activities, and recent research reports.

Metropolitan Police (New Scotland Yard)

Website includes a history of the Metropolitan Police, annual reports, crime statistics, press releases, and more.


MI5 is the British intelligence agency responsible for protecting the UK against threats to national security and to support law enforcement agencies to preventing and detecting serious crime.  The website includes information on current major threats to UK security, as well as advice to help businesses and organizations to protect themselves against such threats.

Northern Ireland Policing Board

The Policing Board is an independent body established to "secure for all the people of Northern Ireland an effective, efficient and impartial police service which has the confidence of  the whole community."

Police Federation of England and Wales

The Police Federation of England and Wales is the representative body to which every police officer below the rank of Superintendent belongs and aims to provide the police with a means of bringing their views on welfare and efficiency to the notice of the government and the police authorities.  This website offers detailed information about the work of the Federation on various issues, including police reform.

Police Performance Monitoring Reports for England and Wales

This site provides access to a collection of official reports by the Home Office which monitor the performance for individual police forces in England and Wales.  Information on success reducing crime rates, clear up rates, crime investigation, use of resources, and police community relations are available in PDF format.

Police Services of the Northern Ireland

Formerly known as the (RUC), the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) came into existence in November 2001.  The website provides a wide range of information, including statistics on several types of crimes, a history of the organization, careers in the department, and various other issues related to the policing function in Northern Ireland.

Police Services of the UK

A listing of all police agencies in the UK divided by region.

Police Skills and Standards Organisation

The Police Skills and Standards Organisation addresses the skill levels, training needs, and development of police officers through the United Kingdom. The site offers access to publications, reports, and the organisation's quarterly newsletter. There is also a members-only section.

Research & Statistics

British Society of Criminology

The BSC is Britain's major criminological society. This site offers a web-based journal of proceedings from annual criminology conferences, news about publications likely to be of interest to members, and book reviews of recent publications.  This website includes a list of useful links, a list of criminology courses in the UK and a news page, updated about four times a year.

Centre for Criminal Justice Economics and Psychology

This research center, established by the University of York in partnership with the Home Office, seeks to study and help reduce the impact of crime on society. The approach is interdisciplinary, with an emphasis on public safety approaches and community involvement.

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Located at the University of Leeds, the Centre pursues research in criminal justice systems and criminological issues. Research projects carried out by members of the Centre have been published and are available to view in full-text. Funded research projects are carried out in areas such as the administration of justice; victims of crime and restorative justice; crime prevention and community safety; policing; and race and criminal justice. Search the Library Catalogue by subject to locate University of Leeds Ph.D. theses in law. In addition, details of theses from other Universities may be found by searching the bibliographic database.

The Institute for Criminal Policy Research

The Institute carries out multidiciplinary research into crime and the criminal justice system.  Key audiences for the institute are managers and practitioners within the criminal justice system, other professionals working with offenders, and politicians and their advisors.  The main areas of research are the quality and effectiveness of public services and resources; the causes, consequences and prevention of offending, particularly in sex work, drug use and burglary; and public attitudes towards crime and sentencing, the police, and community safety.

Centre for Crime and Justice Studies

The Institute is a non-partisan, non-campaigning body, located within the School of Law at King's College, London that exists to bring together criminal justice practitioners, sentencers, policy makers and academics through a programme of conferences, courses, seminars, lectures, study visits, research and publications. Current research includes a study of drug rehabilitation programmes and evaluation of programmes for young offenders. The Institute also maintains JUSTICELINK-- a guide to criminal justice resources, where viewers can search for organizations, statistics, and resources on various criminal justice topics.

The Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science

The Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science is located at University College London.  It is devoted to research and teaching related to the reduction of criminal opportunities.  It focuses on practical and evidence-based ways of intervening in chains of events that foster crime, as well as aspects of detection.  It draws on the most practical and scientific aspects of criminology in collaboration with other disciplines, including psychology, economics, statistics, the built environment, geography, politics and public policy, and laws.

University of Oxford, Centre for Criminological Research
and Probation Studies Unit

The Centre is an independent unit within Oxford University's Faculty of Law. The Centre has incorporated within it the Probation Studies Unit. Information is available on current projects relating to probation, restorative justice, violence in prison, and monitoring and evaluation of youth justice developments. A list of available publications is provided.

Policy Studies Institute

Policy Studies Institute is a subsidiary company of the University of Westminster and is one of Britain's leading research institutes, conducting research which will "promote economic well-being and improve quality of life." PSI researchers are organized into multi-disciplinary research groups covering the following areas: employment; social care and health studies; environment and global climate change; and social policy. The viewer can access abstracts of publications and the full text of older publications will be available soon.

Research Development & Statistics - Home Office

This Home Office website includes links to numerous reports available online, covering a diverse array of subjects and research. Available reports include Statistical Bulletins, Research Studies, Police Research Series papers, Crime Reduction Research Series papers, and Police Research Group Briefing Notes.

The Scottish Consortium on Crime & Criminal Justice

The aim of the Consortium is to reduce the incidence and alleviate the impact of crime in our society.  The Consortium brings together leading orgnaizations concerned with crime and criminal justice in Scotland, including the Howard League Scotland, APEX Scotland, SACRO, the Scottish Human Rights Centre and NCH.  The website includes the full text of the Consortium publications.

National Statistics

The National Statistics website has been set up to provide access to a comprehensive set of key statistics drawn from the whole range of official statistics of the UK. The viewer can search the catalogue for statistics of interest; soon you will be able to locate StatBase's 941 databases through an alphabetized list and web versions of datasets from selected publications.

University of Cambridge, Institute of Criminology

Site includes a list of research projects with which Institute staff are currently involved; recent publications by Institute staff; Cropwood Occasional and Other Papers available from the Institute; a listing of current doctoral research; and information on recently completed doctoral research projects.


Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV)

CSTPV aims to investigate the roots of political violence, develop a body of theory spanning its various disparate elements, and to study the impact of violence and responses to it at societal, governmental, and international levels. Site provides access to publications on terrorism in PDF format.

NaCTSO - National Counter Terrorism Security Office

The National Counter Terrorism Security Office is a police unit co-located with the Centre for the Protection fo the National Infrastructure. NaCTSO contributes to the UK government's counter terrorism strategy by supporting the Protect and Prepare strands of that strategy.

Terrorism and Terrorists

This site is a collection of links, assembled by the United Kingdom's Home Office, to allow easy access to publications on anti-terrorism and home security legislation in the UK.

War on Terror: BBC Special Report

Created by BBC News to provide coverage of the international "war on terrorism," following the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001. This site provides up-to-date news, as well as background information on Osama bin Laden, maps of Afghanistan, conflict analysis, and more. 

Victims of Crime

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre aims to protect children and young people against online child abuse such as grooming by paedophines, abuse via emial chat rooms and the Internet. Its website provides information on the aims of the agency, its structure and work. It includes access to prress releases, UK government reports relating to crime, crime prevention and online child abuse.

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

This website is responsible for administering the tariff based compensation scheme for victims of violent crime in the United Kingdom.  Information and guidance for applicants including the rules of the scheme, how to apply, and application forms are available.  Online copies of the 1996 Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme and the updated 2001 Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme are available, together with a user-friendly guide to claiming compensation.  Information relating to claiming compensation where a victim has died as a result of violent crime also is available.  All full text documents and forms are presented in PDF format.

Victims of Crime

"This section provides information on what to do if someone becomes a victim of crime and how to find the help that's available."

Violent Crime

Violence Prevention Evidence Base and Resources

The website provides a violence prevention resource for policy makers, practitioners and others working to prevent violence. The resources include: abstracts of systematically reviewed literature providing evidence of measures that work to reduce violence, key publications and resources on violence and prevention, UK specific information on violence and its prevention through the national Focal Point for Violence and Injury Prevention to the World Health Organization, information and links to the global Violence Prevention Alliance (VPA), data on violence for local authority areas across English regions (including hospital admissions for violence and police recorded violent crime and mortality data), and links to other organizations and resources for violence prevention information.