CRIMINALS who commit minor offences may be let off with a caution – in a scheme designed to speed up the justice process.
Conditional Cautions, which hits Kirklees next month, aims to treat offences which would most likely be treated with a small fine, conditional discharge or minor community penalty.
The offender will be spared court, but given a police caution with conditions attached.
If the conditions are broken, the offender can appear in court charged with the original offence.
The 2007 scheme has been gradually rolled out in West Yorkshire starting in Bradford in April.
Neil Franklin, chief crown prosecutor for West Yorkshire, said: “Conditional cautioning has a number of significant benefits – cases are dealt with more quickly and cost-effectively, court time is freed up to deal with serious offences and offenders can also be rehabilitated more quickly with speedier access to such things as drug intervention programmes.”