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Abbreviation Definition Info
102PF 102 Petty France London headquarters of the Ministry of Justice
1LS/2LS/3LS 1st, 2nd or 3rd Line Support
A&A Advice and assistance The legal aid means test in the crime context has slightly different rules depending on whether it is to pay for 'advice and assistance' (A&A) or 'advocacy assistance' (AA)
A&CA Audit & Corporate Assurance Internal Audit & Standards Audit Unit - See GIAA
A&O Accommodation and Occupancy (also known as *AO*) An table of data, extracted from the NOMIS database providing a row per prisoner, including basic personal details and their location
A2J Access to Justice
AA Administrative Assistants in context of PVB
AA Advocacy assistance The legal aid means test in the crime context has slightly different rules depending on whether it is to pay for 'advice and assistance' (A&A) or 'advocacy assistance' (AA)
AAC Administrative Appeals Court
Acas Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Note: only an initial cap.) Aims to prevent and resolve employment disputes prior to employment tribunals.
ACCT Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork Self-Harm system - replacement for 2052Sh Self-harm system.
ACL Access Control List
ACO Assistant Chief Officer (Probation) An Assistant Chief Officer (ACO) is a strategic manager responsible for the delivery of Offender Management within Probation.
ACPO Association of Chief Police Officers
ACR Automatic Conditional Release
AD Active Directory
ADA Added Days Awarded Days that are added to an offenders release date following an adjudication
ADI Application Desktop Integrator Spreadsheet containing total disbursement of a prison, sent from business hub to regional accounts team.#moneyToPrisoners
Admin 4 database An Excel file that has Police Station & Mags Court schemes on
ADP Advocate Defence Payments One of our projects for the Legal Aid Agency. where advocates (solicitors) can submit invoices for work done for legal aid work.Used to be known as CBO/Crime Billing Online
ADR Alternative dispute resolution A method of resolving disputes outside court - for example, via mediation
ADR Architectural design record
AEP Accelerated Encryption Processing
AFD Agency Framework Document NOMS framework
AFK Away From Keyboard
AGFS Advocate Gradual Fees Scheme Fee scheme available to Barristers who work on Crown Court cases
AIS Acceptance Into Service
AJAS Access to Justice Analytical Services
AJTC Administrative Justice Tribunals Council
ALB Arm's-length body An organisation that pretends it's independent from government, even though it's not, really.With apostrophe and hyphen when spelled out in full.
Alfresco A document management system. Used by the courts
ALM Application Lifecycle Management
ALS Action Learning Set
AMI Amazon Machine Image
AO Accommodation and Occupancy (also known as *A&O*)
AO Accounting Officer Each organisation in central government must have an Accounting Officer, which is usually the senior official in the organisation.Accounting Officers must be able to assure Parliament and the public of high standards of probity in the management of public funds.The Treasury maintains policy oversight throughout. Departments and organisations should notify the Treasury Officer of Accounts, in advance, of any changes to Accounting Officer designations. There should be no gap between one Accounting Officer leaving and another being appointed.
AO Administrative Officer
AOB Any Other Business
AOS Acknowledgement of Service Document filed by a defendant confirming they've been served court documents.
AP Approved Premises
AP Analytical Platform
APD Approved Parole Date
API Application Programming Interface
APPG All Party Parliamentary Group APPGs are informal cross-party groups that have no official status within Parliament. They are run by and for Members of the Commons and Lords, though many choose to involve individuals and organisations from outside Parliament in their administration and activities.
APVS Assisted Prison Visit Scheme Also known as HWPV (Help With Prison Visits)
APVU Assisted Prison Visits Unit A call centre for prison visits for 8 prisons in the west midlands.
ARD Automatic Release Date
ARMS Active Risk Management System
ART Aggression Replacement Training Violence Programme (no longer running).
ARV Alcohol Related Violence Substance Misuse Programme (no longer running).
ASBO Anti-Social Behaviour Order A court order which can be obtained by local authorities in order to restrict the behaviour of a person likely to cause harm or distress to the public.
ASPIRE Assess – Sentence Plan – Implement – Review – Evaluate This is the core framework of offender management / sentence planning
ASRO Addressing Substance Related Offending Substance Misuse Programme (no longer running).
Asset Youth Justice Board assessment documentation for young people
AT Assisted Technology
ATIA Architecture, Technology and Information Assurance A former unit inside MOJ ICT
ATM At The Moment
ATO Authority to operate
ATOS Multinational Company - often involved in consultancy or healthcare See URL
ATR Alcohol Treatment Requirements
AWDL Average Working Days Lost
AWS Amazon Web Services
BAFO Best And Final Offer
BAME Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic
BASS Bail Accommodation Support Services BASS provides short-term accommodation and support to men and women, aged 18 and over, in shared and self-contained houses/flats across England and Wales. Now replaced by CAS2.
BAU Business as Usual
BBR Building Better Relationships An intervention programme for adult male offenders who have been violent in heterosexual relationships
BCS Basic Custody Screening
BCST Basic Custody Screening Tool An assessment tool used for the management of offenders at the point they begin a custodial sentence.
BDG Business Development Group
BEIS Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Merger between Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department of Energy and Climate Change
BI Business Intelligence
BIA Business Impact Assessment An assessment template/matrix used by a business owner to determine impact levels of data / systems that they own. Questions like "how many people will be affected if your data is unavailable for a day".
BIAR Business Intelligence ARchive 'Basically a proprietary zip file used to move Business Intelligence content from one BusinessObjects Enterprise Server to another'
BIC Belief in Change General Offending Programme (no longer runningG).
BIL# Business Impact Level [number] Often pronounced "aisle two", "aisle zero" etc.Information has an impact level, not a whole system. eg p-Nomis is IL3 is wrong.specific information about prisoners will have business impact 3 if made publicAll revised with the new Official criteria
BIP Business Intelligence Platform
BIS Department for Business Innovation & Skills
BLB / ABLB Better Lives Booster / Adapted Better Lives Booster Sex Offender Treatment Programme (no longer running).
BNM Becoming New Me General offending programme – thinking skills programme for those with learning disability
BOP Bring on Potential Education and Learning gained inside are recorded in BOP, which is available ‘through the gate’. Part of ILP (Individual Learning Plan)
BOTUS Breach of Top Up Supervision Info
BPSS Baseline Personnel Security Standard The minimum level of clearance for someone working in the Civil Service.
BSE Basic, Standard & Enhanced The various levels of prison regime
BSR Building Skills for Recovery Substance misuse programme
BVLS Book a video link service
BWVC Body Worn Video Camera
C&R Control & Restraint Prison
CA Case Administrators
CAB Citizen's Advice Bureau Charity, funded largely by central and local government, that provides a one-stop non-specialist advice on many different issues.They have their own triage process on the front desk, which will help you get an appointment - possibly a fortnight away.Some are first-come-first-served, so there are big queues outside each morning.
CAFCASS Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service
CAIT Child Abuse Investigation Team
CAIT Child Arrangements Information Tool Information resources to help separating couples make arrangements (custody, etc.) for their children.
CALM Controlling Anger and Learning to Manage it Violence Programme (no longer running).
can denotes both capability and possibility Formal term from UK Government Orange Book: Management of Risk - Principles and Concepts.
CARAT Counselling, Assessment, Referral, Advice, Throughcare CARAT workers are intermediaries between drug treatments providers and the prisoners themselves
CARATs Counselling, Assessment, Rehabilitation, Advice & Through care
CARE Choices, Actions, Relationships, Emotions Violence Programme
CARM Civil Automatic Referral to Mediation A process automatically referring some Civil cases to mediation.
CAS Case Allocation System Used after sentencing to assign offender as NPS or CRC
CAS-2 The Community Accommodation Service, Tier 2 A contracted service which provides short-term accommodation for those who have no suitable accommodation and may otherwise be held in custody.
CaseMan Civil Case Management legacy system The case management system formerly used by HMCTS services
CATS Case Assessment and Tracking System .NET application written and used by CFO at Daresbury Park in Warrington for managing externally funded (historically ESF) programmes
CBDT Compact Based drug testing Formerly known as Voluntary Drug Testing
CBO crime billing online
CC Carbon Copy
CCBC County Court Bulk Centre Set up by HM Courts & Tribunals Service specifically to deal with straightforward debt collection work which, in the main, is undefended. In Northampton.
CCCD Claim for Crown Court Defence Legal Aid Agency project where advocates (solicitors) can submit invoices for work done for legal aid work. Project formerly known as ADPproject formerly known as CBO
CCLF Crown Court Litigator Fee LAA web app that manages LGFS (Litigators Graduated Fee Scheme) claims.
CCM Commercial Contract Management
CCMCC County Court Money Claims Centre
CCMD Commercial and Contract Management Directorate
CCMS Client Cost Management System LAA ERP app to replace CIS, including financial modules to manage the LAA fund. Covers all civil certificated work (i.e. civil legal representation). Allows providers to make online legal aid applications and manage cases. Allows providers and advocates to submit bills online. Allows providers and advocates to scan and upload supporting documents electronically. Allows clients to pay us in new ways, such as credit and debit cards, payment reference cards and via direct debit. CCMS has been mandatory for all civil case types since 1 April 2016. In addition, Acts as the financial accounting system of reference for LAA General Ledger, Accounts Paytable, Accounts Receivable and is the system that actually makes payments to providers, and manages interactions with 3rd party Debt Recovery for CCMS cases.
CCO Call Centre Officer Call centre officer of DSCC
CCP Corporate Change Portfolio
CCPU Corruption, Crime and Policing Unit
CCQ Check if your client qualifies for legal aid LAA web app for legal providers to work out if a potential client meets the means test (financial eligibility) for legal aid
CCR Crown Court Remuneration LAA web app that manages AGFC (Advocate Gradual Fee Scheme) claims. Feeds into LAA data warehouse.
CCR Court Custody Records
CCRC Criminal Cases Review Commission
CCRN Court Case Reference Number This is a unique reference number assigned to a new occurrence of a court case created on PNC. The CCRN is held by CJSE but may not be held by court systems relevant to all court types and may be used to identify cases in civil crown magistrates courts etc. Will be held in CJSE sent from Police Case systems.
CCS Crown Commercial Service
CDA Court data adaptor
CDC Change Data Capture
CDC Change Directorate Committee
CDCS Change Data Capture Staging LAA Oracle database for capturing data from CCMS & CIS and moving to EDW for CCMI. No longer exists.
CDD Criminal Defence Direct Telephone adviser run by a few provides. New tendering process will be started and new structure and providers will be in place in April 2016.
CDE Common Data Extract A report of all offenders in NOMIS with lots of data about them. Also known as ‘offloc’ (offender location report). The CDE is used to transfer offender data to other NOMS/MOJ systems (like Mercury) and to other agencies (like the police).
CDM HMPPS Contract Delivery Manager
CDO Chief Digital Officer
CDPs Crime & Drugs Partnership
CDT Central Drafting Team In referance to ministerial correspondence
CDVP Community Domestic Violence Programme Domestic Violence Programme (no longer running).
CEMLI Configuration, Extension, Modification, Localisation and Integration
CEO Court enforcement officer
CESG Communications-Electronics Security Group Part of GCHQ that provides policy and assistance on digital security.
CFE Check Financial Eligibility A non-user facing service which calculates an applicant’s financial eligibility using data entered through Apply. This includes information on an applicant’s income and outgoings, and calculations include a range of different things in accordance with legal aid regulation based on what information is entered.
CFO Creating Future Opportunities The name of a group within HMPPS who manage external funding (such as that from the ESF). Offices located in Daresbury Warrington.
CFO HMPPS Co-Financing Organisation The Co-Financing Organisation has delivered services to offenders in custody and the community since January 2010. Services are delivered via contracted prime providers
CFT Civil, Family and Tribunals The name of a directorate in HMCTS.
CGI Conseillers en Gestion et Informatique CGI stands for Conseillers en Gestion et Informatique in French, which translates to 'Information Systems and Management Consultants', in English. However, the official English meaning is 'Consultants to Government and Industry'.The company was formerly known as Logica, and designed the current (as of 19 April 2013) infrastructure for Money Claim Online and Possession Claim Online.Can also stand for 'computer-generated imagery'.
CHAPS Correspondence Handling And Processing System
Chromis Chromis Violence Programme (no longer running).
CHS Case Handling System Set of applications used by the Civil Legal Aid Operator Contact Centre and Specialist Legal Providers to manage Civil Legal Aid cases opened by members of the public in England and Wales.
CICA Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority "We deal with compensation claims from people who have been physically or mentally injured because they were the victim of a violent crime in England, Scotland or Wales."
CIPD Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development
CIRASS Community Interventions, Residential and Accommodation Support Service
CIS Corporate Information System LAA thick client app for legacy legal aid case management. It handles legacy cases for civil certificated work (i.e. civil representation) Internal system only (no provider facing functions). Also used for other work unrelated to civil and family certificated work. Intention is to decommission this system when it is practical.
CJA Criminal Justice Act CJA 1991 & 2003
CJAS Criminal Justice Analytical Service
CJG Criminal Justice Group
CJH Criminal Justice Hub A free information resource for the criminal justice community in England & Wales.
CJIT Criminal Justice Information Technology
CJS Criminal justice system An expression that covers the delivery of justice in relation to crime, across multiple organisations. Includes the likes of: law enforcement, lawyers, CPS, courts, prisons and probation. See also https://www.cps.gov.uk/about-cps/criminal-justice-system. Style guide: it's not really a proper noun, so don't use caps. Never abbreviate.
CJSE Criminal Justice Secure Exchange Related to CJSM, this is a pipe for sending data and files (rather than email) between police, CPS and courts. Often used for submitting cases to be prosecuted, and the charging decisions leading up to them.It supports a few standards:(1) EXISS is a one-way interface. If the case is duff, CPS have to phone/email Police to give feedback and get it sent again.(2) TWIF/EXISS2 is a two-way interface which allows CPS to send secure messages back.TWIF supports charging decisions being sent as structured data. Most other documents are sent as a set of Word docs or PDFs.Digital Case File is a standard devised by CPS for sending the contents of the various case forms as structured data rather than word docs, hidden as a JSON payload alongside other documents being transferred anyway. Ultimately the 'sending' part will be replaced by publishing and permissions.
CJSM Criminal Justice Secure Mail A secure email platform, used for conveying sensitive information between users in organizations across the criminal justice system. In addition, the security assurance process drives up security standards across the sector.
CJX Criminal justice eXtranet links police pnn network to other govt networks
CLA Civil Legal Advice CLA is a service provided to the general public in England and Wales where users can obtain free legal advice from specialist legal providers relating to a range of Civil matters. This is subject to the user’s matter being within scope of the service and the user passing the means eligibility test. The advice can either be given via telephone or in person depending upon the client’s unique circumstances.
CLA Civil Legal Aid
CM Custodial Manager A Band 5 prison officer. 3 stripes on their epaulettes
CMAC Court Martial Appeals Court
CMT Contract Management Team
CNA certified normal accommodation Relating to prison capacity: "the good, decent standard of accommodation that the service aspires to provide all prisoners"
CNA Certified Normal Accommodation The Prison Service's measure of accommodation, CNA represents the good, decent standard of accommodation that the services aspires to provide all prisoners.
CO Community Order
COACD Court of Appeal Criminal Division
COBR Cabinet Office Briefing Room
CoCo Code of Connection Usually associated with the PSN. An agreed standard ('code') for network communication.
COE Center of Excellence Microsoft Power Platform management tooling
Cohort, ‘Core Cohort’ Prisoners who are lower risk and assigned to a Key Worker and CRC
Cohort, ‘Specialised Cohort’ Prisoners who are higher risk and are assigned to Key Worker and a Prison Offender Manager (POM)
COM Community Offender Managers A role within the National Probation Service
COM Court Operations Manager
COM-B Capability, Opportunity, and Motivation Behaviour
COPs Contracted Out Prisons Privately run establishments
Core SOTP Core Sex Offender Treatment Programme Sex Offender Treatment Programme (no longer running).
COTS Commercial off-the-shelf software; as opposed to custom build
COVAID Control of Violence for Angry Impulsive Drinkers Substance Misuse Programme
CP Common Platform Service provided by HMCTS, used by LAA to find criminal hearing information
CP Cloud Platform The MoJ Cloud Platform is a modern hosting platform for digital services
CP Core Programme Sex Offender Treatment Programme (no longer running).
CPA Contract Package Area Refers to the geographic area a CRC is responsible for
CPIG Crown Prosecution Inspectorate Group Fire Safety
CPM Child Protection Management
CPO Chief Probation Officer
CPO Community Probation Officer
CPO Community Punishment Order
CPP common platform project
CPR Civil Procedure Rule A rule covering how Civil litigation proceeds in the courts.
CPR Civil Procedure Rules
CPR Criminal Procedure Rules
CPRC Civil Procedure Rule Committee
CPS Crown Prosecution Service The organisation that is responsible for providing the prosecution in criminal cases in England and Wales.
CPS Crown Prosecution Service The CPS prosecutes criminal cases that have been investigated by the police and other investigative organisations in England and Wales.
CPT Custodial Performance Tool Replaced by Prison Performance Tool (PPT)
CR Change Request
CRAMS Case Reporting And Management System Offender caseload data (Probation)
CRB Criminal Records Bureau Replaced by the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service)
CRC Community Rehabilitation Company Organisations that will deliver probation services from 2014, replacing probation trusts.
CRD Conditional Release Date
CRE Commission for Racial Equality
CRED Civil Representation Expenditure Data Warehouse MI system holding civil case expenditure data extracted from CIS.CRED data is held in the EDW database - STAGEX schema owns the code and staging tables, FED schema owns the warehouse tables.
CRL Childcare Resettlement License a type of ROTL
CRM12 An Excel form to apply to Rota. A spread sheet that contains solicitors information * All crime forms in LAA are called CRM
CRN Case Reference Number The number assigned to a offender in nDelius - the word case is misleading
CRO Community Responsible Officer Equivalent of a Community Offender Manager but in CRCs
CRO criminal records office unique number once convicted (police)
CRO Community Rehabilitation order
CRP Conference Room Pilot
CRS Commissioned Rehabilitative Services Rehabilitation and resettlement interventions procured through the Dynamic Framework - the mechanism to procure rehabilitation and resettlement interventions in regional areas
CS Case Supervisor
CSAAP Correctional Services Accreditation and Advice Panel
CSAT Customer Satisfaction
CSB Cognitive Skills Booster General Offending Programme (no longer running).
CSC Close Supervision Centre Also known as Segregation unit, Seg, Solitary Confinement & SCU
CSC Central Services Centre
CSCP Cognitive Self Change Programme Violence Programme (no longer running).
CSG Corporate Services Group Part of MOJ led by director general Matthew Coats which includes Estates, ICT, HR, Shared Services and Digital Services.
CSIP Challenge Support Intervention Plan CSIP is a process used in prisons to support and manage prisoners who pose an increased risk of being violent. It is aimed at supporting those individuals who are considered to pose a raised risk of harming others through their behaviour in custody.
CSL Civil Service Learning Training courses for civil servants.
CSOGP Community Sex Offender Group Programme Sex Offender Treatment Programme (no longer running).
CSR Civil Service Resourcing The previous name for the Government Recruitment Service (GRS)
CSR Corporate Staff Rostering A system used in prisons to detail staff. Also known as My Detail or InVision WFM
CSRA Cell Share Risk Assessment This is a priority assessment done when prisoners are received at prison, to ensure risks are reduced to them and others on their first night and beyond
CSV Community Service Volunteer
CTC Counter Terrorism Clearance a security clearance level, as seen in the Tech Scorecard : "Anyone with administrative or operational access to production systems... has CTC-level clearance"
CTS Core Technology Services team
CTSA2021 Counter Terrorism and Sentencing Act 2021
CTSC Courts and Tribunals Service Centre
CUI Citizen UI Frontend design pattern used for public-facing transactional services at HMCTS
Custody Assistant subcontracted staff in custody
Custody Officer police staff
CVCC Court Video Conference Centre
CVL Create and Vary a Licence
CVP Cloud Video Platform CVP is an internet-based video meeting service used for court or tribunal headings.
CWA Contracted Work and Administration LAA web app for managing providers and their contracted work. Billing system (for civil legal help and crime lower) that contains all provider contracts and schedules. Enables commissioning teams to manage their providers’ contracts and schedules. Is provider facing. Interfaces with CCMS to supply 'master record of the truth' of provider contract and contact details. Also does work in provisioning new provider user details to CCMS.
CWX Civil debt recovery service. Legacy debt management app, hosted external.
D.Y.O. Deter Young Cohort Offender
DAAT Drugs & Alcohol Action Team
DAC Digital Accessibility Centre A org who do accessibility testing and consultancy on digital services
DACU Data Access and Compliance Unit
DAL Delegation Authority Letter A document indicating that the bearer has authority to delegate responsibility for a government bank account to SSCL.
DARTS Digital Audio Recording and Transcription Service System for recording courts and allowing transcription agencies to listen to and upload transcriptions.
DARU Data Assurance Reporting Unit
DASD Data & Analytical Services Division
DASHRAS Data Science And HR Analytical Services
DASO Domestic Abuse Safety Officers Domestic Abuse Safety Officers (DASOs) are embedded as part of regional Interventions teams within the Probation Service. DASOs support victims of domestic abuse once the perpetrator has been sentenced at court to participate in a Building Better Relationships accredited programme, as a condition attached to their Probation Order. DASOs provide a vital service to their clients, including any new partners who may be at risk, and work collaboratively with Probation practitioners and agencies to promote safety and manage risk. The DASO team have recently undergone a change in role title to better reflect the nature of their work; having been known previously as Partner Link Workers.
DBS Defence Business Services
DBS Disclosure and Barring Service Organisation that maintains records and helps determine if someone should be prevented from working in a regulated activity, for example working with children.
DCA Department for Constitutional Affairs Became MOJ when joined with NOMS in 2007.
DCF Digital Case File An attempt at creating end-to-end digital/modern justice system from Police -> Crown Prosecution Service -> Courts -> Prisons -> Probation
DCMF Designed, Constructed, Managed & Financed
DCR Discretional Conditional Release
DD Deputy Director
DDA Disability Discrimination Act 1995
DDaT Digital, Data and Technology
DDC Deputy Director of Custody regional responsibilty for a group of prisons
DDC Digital Document Conversion
DDDCC Data Driven Department and Culture Change
DDJ Deputy District Judge A judge who sits for between 15 to 50 days a year in the County Courts
DF Delegated Functions Where legal providers, in limited circumstances, are authorized by LAA to assess eligibility for legal aid *themselves*, enabling them to proceed with work on the case, and notify the LAA in the following few days
DFD Data Flow Diagram
DfE Department for Education The DfE is responsible for children's services and education, including higher and further education policy, apprenticeships and wider skills in England.
DG Data Gateway A central governance structure and process to regulate the collection of data across HMPPS
DGAB Data Governance Assurance Board
DHSC Department of Health and Social Care The Department of Health and Social Care leads, shapes and funds health and social care in England.
DIB Divisional Implementation Board
DIC death in custody
DID Drink Impaired Drivers Substance Misuse Programme
DIP Drug Intervention Programme A high-profile strategy for tackling drugs and reducing crime.
Dip sampling A quality control process used by police forces in which a representative proportion of files are selected and inspected
DISC Development, Innovation and Support Contracts Shared services framework - Atos (infrastructure), CGI (formerly LogicaCMG - applications) supporting Dom1
DISO Digital Infrastructure Security Operations
DIWG Data Integrity Working Group Looking at data and/or recording issues in Probation
DJ District Judge Judges dealing with most cases in the County Courts
DLP Data Loss Prevention
DOM Director of Offender Management
DOM1/Dom1 Domain 1 End-user compute and networking solution
DPA Data Protection Act
DPIA Data Protection Impact assessment
DPR Digital Prison Reporting
DPRRD Detention Post Recall Release Date
DPS Digital Prison Services Previously known as 'New NOMIS'
DPS Dynamic Purchasing System Not unique to MoJ - it's a way that Governors can purchase additional education or work provision on site, outside of the standard education contracts. Some stakeholders may be more familiar with this definition of DPS rather than 'Digital Prison Services'
DQ Directions Questionnaire Form sent to claimants and defendants in small claim cases so the judge can give instructions
DQ Data Quality
DR Defence Request Formally DSDS.
DR Disaster Recovery
DRA Digital Reference Architecture The enterprise architecture view of HMCTS
DRR Drug Rehabilitation Requirement
DRY Don't Repeat Yourself Often "DRY-ed". Removing duplication in code.
DS Digital Services MOJ Digital Services (formally DSD)
DSA Data Sharing Agreement
DSA Data Standards Authority The DSA works to improve how the public sector manages data. The DSA does this by establishing standards to make it easier and more effective to share and use data across government.
DSCC Defence Solicitor Call Centre The call centre service that police use to provide a solicitor for people in custody.
DSD Digital Service Designers
DSD Digital Services Division Now obsolete. Please refer to 'Digital Services' (without the 'Division') or 'MOJ Digital Services'.
DSDS Defence Solicitor Deployment Service
DSF Digital Services Framework A framework for procuring software development teams across government
DSG Digital Steering Group
DSO Defence & Security Organisation
DSO Deskside Support Officer
DSO Digital Studio Operations Slack Channel - #ask-digital-studio-ops
DSOs Departmental Strategic Objectives
DSRG Data Standards Reporting Group
DSS Data Security Standard An accreditation for handling credit/debit cards managed by Payment Card Industry (PCI).
DST Designated Search Team
DTCs Democratic Therapeutic Communities General Offending Programme
DTO Detention Training Order
DTRG Digital Technology Review Group
DTTO Drug Treatment and Testing Orders
DV Developed Vetting Level of Security Clearance
DV Domestic Violence Defined as any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality.
DWP Department for Work and Pensions Government organisation - administrates ESF budget ellocation
DX Document Exchange DX, or Direct Exchange, is a private business-to-business mail and packaging network in the United Kingdom. Direct Exchange is cheaper than standard first class mail. Subscriptions are necessary to use this service.
DYOI Detention in a Young Offender Institution
E3 Effectiveness, Efficiency and Excellence The change programme that will design and implement a new operation model for the National Probation Service
EAP Employee Assistance Programme The HMPPS Employee Assistance Programme is a free and confidential service available to all HMPPS staff who need advice and support.
EAT Employment Appeal Tribunal
EBS E-Business Suite An Oracle Application for Business. Utilised by LAA for CCMS and CWA.
ECHR European Convention on Human Rights An international treaty to protect human rights and fundamental freedoms in Europe.
ECL End of Custody Licence A scheme within Prison Service between 2007 and 2010 to help alleviate pressures on prison population. Offenders who were eligible could be released early from custody 18 days before their release date
ECS Elastic Container Service
ECSL End of Custody Supervised Licence A scheme within Prison Service first implemented on 17 October 2023, operating in 21 prisons and is a temporary measure in response to the current pressure on some prisons. Its use is targeted, and it will only operate in certain areas for a limited period of time.
EDM Exceptional Delivery Model
EDR Earliest Date of Release
EDRMS Electronic Documents and Record Management System Also known as NorthgateLAA's externally hosted document/record management system, used by CCMS.
EDS Extended Determinate Sentence
EDS Electronic Data Systems The private contractor providing the new IT infrastructure throughout the Prison Service as per the QUANTUM Project
EDS100 Extended Determinate Sentence imposed for certain Terrorism Offences
EDW Enterprise Data Warehouse Management Information data warehouse. Holds data from many LAA applications.
EFE Estimate Financial Eligibility An example is LAA estimate financial eligibility for legal aid
EGS Enhanced Gate Security EGS refers to the installation of X-ray baggage scanners, archway metal detectors (sometimes referred to as a ‘portal’) and hand-held metal detector wands.
EM Electronic Monitoring (Also known as 'tagging') is the practice of attaching a tag to someone's ankle, used in England and Wales to monitor curfews and conditions of a court or prison order.
EM Escort Manager
EMAP Email a Prisoner
EMED Electronic Monitoring Eligibility Date
EMI Electronic Management Information LAA web app that allows LAA to share MI data with providers. Currently used for financial statement.
EMS Electronic Monitoring Services The organisation responsible for the delivery of Electronic Monitoring.
EMT Equalities Monitoring Tool
EOI Expression of Interest Recruitment method that can sometimes be utilised. Ie. filling short term vacancies with internal staff
EP Extended Programme Sex Offender Treatment Programme (no longer running).
EPDQ Electronic Post Data Quickly transaction Electronic payments service used within some HMCTS services
EPICK Event, Problem, Incident, Continual Service Improvement and Knowledge Team
EQUIP Excellence and Quality in Probation Processes
ERMP Exceptional Regime Management Plan
ERP Enterprise Resource Planning
ERS Early Removal Scheme
ERSED Early Removal Scheme Eligibility Date
ESA Employment and Support Allowance You can apply for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) if you have a disability or health condition that affects how much you can work.
ESED Effective Sentence End Date
ESF European Social Fund Provides funding via the CFO to provide additional services to offenders
ESL Effective Sentence Length Representation of sentence length as a single period term
ESOL English for Speakers of Other Languages
ESPP Extended Sentence for Public Protection
Estyn the office of His Majesty's Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales
ET Employment Tribunal Also stands for 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial', a 1982 sci-fi movie about a loveable alien.
ETD Early Transfer Date for Detention and Training Orders (DTO)
ETE Education, Training & Employment
ETL Extract, Transform & Load
ETS Enhanced Thinking Skills A course that prisoner can do to to address the attitudes and thought patterns that may of contributed to their offending
Ex-ASP Ex-Armed Service Personnel
ExCo Executive Comity Board Permanent Secutary and Director Generals (6 of).
Exhibit Database co-ordinated by Crown Courts
EXISS Exchange Integration Services Stream
Extradition only registered solicitor can go
ExUI Expert UI Common component providing a user interface to HMCTS staff and solicitors
F2050 prisoner core record protected characteristics and case information
FALA Find a legal advisor Public-facing service that allows people to find a legal advisor who holds a contract with the LAA
FaSO Family and Significant Other
FCA Financial Conduct Authority The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is a financial regulatory body in the United Kingdom, but operates independently of the United Kingdom government, and is financed by charging fees to members of the financial services industry.
FCO Foreign and Commonwealth Office
FCOS Foreign and Commonwealth Office Services A trading fund of the FCO. Providers of IL2 and IL3 web hosting
FDR Fast Delivery Report
FiAP Find a Prisoner service
FITS Future IT Sourcing Programme or is the S 'sourcing'? Yes
FLO Family Liaison Officer
FMB Functional Mailbox
FMI Five Minute Intervention Prisons
FNC First Night Centre Prisons
FNP Foreign National Prison or Foreign National Prisoner Prisons
FOCUS FOCUS Substance Misuse Programme (no longer running).
FOI Freedom of Information The Freedom of Information Act 2000 created a public 'right of access' to information held by public authorities.
FOR Focus on Resettlement General Offending Programme (no longer running).
FPMF FITS Programme Management Framework This was part of the overall governance framework for FITS.
FPRC Family Procedure Rules Committee The Family Procedure Rule Committee (FPRC) makes rules of court that govern the practice and procedure followed in family proceedings in the High Court and family court.FPRC is an advisory non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Ministry of Justice.
FRPS Financial Resources and Payment for Services
FSAS Finance and Strategy Analytical Service
FTE Full Time Equivalent
FTR Fixed Term Recall
FTW For The Win
G&O Governance & Operational Data
GAL Global Address List
GBS Government Banking Service
GDS Government Digital Service
GES Government Economic Services The Government Economic and Social Research team (GESR) supports the joint Heads of the Government Social Research Service in providing strategic leadership to GSR and in delivering an effective service.
GIAA Government Internal Audit Agency
GIRR Government Information Risk Return
GKIM Government Knowledge & Information Management The Government KIM Professional Framework has been mapped to the CILIP Professional Knowledge and Skills Base (PKSB), as this is the only professional framework to cover the whole spectrum of KIM activities.
GL General ledger
GLiMR Generalised Listing, Management & Registration GLiMR is a Generalised Listing, Management & Registration multi-jurisdiction Case Management system used by several MoJ sites situated throughout England and Wales, and as well as being accessed by both MoJ/HMCTS staff has a public facing website that feeds directly to the GLiMR Database.
GOoD Good Order Or Discipline
GORS Government Operational Research Services Operational research (also known as 'management science') is the application of scientific methods to management problems.
GPC Government Procurement Card Like a credit card, but with additional public sector controls etc. Divisions can use it for small purchases.
GPP Generic Parole Process
GRS Government Recruitment Service The organisation that manages recruitment campaigns, ensuring open and fair competition. Previously known as Civil Service Resourcing.
GSCPP Government Security Centre People and Physical
GSI Government Secure Intranet
GSR Government Social Research The Government Social Research Service (GSR) provides evidence to understand, develop, implement, monitor and evaluate government policies and services. It has members in all the main government departments as well as the devolved administrations and other government bodies. It is one of five government analytical services providing evidence for policy.
GSS Government Statistical Services The Government Statistical Service (GSS) produces national statistics and other official statistics, analysis, interpretation and provides statistical advice to improve understanding and help decision-making.
GWS Government Wide Service
HCC Health Care Centre NHS facility in a prison
HDC Home Detention Curfew A statutory scheme that allows the Secretary of State to release certain prisoners earlier than would otherwise be the case. It is designed to assist prisoners to resettle into the community.
HDCAD Home Detention Curfew Approved Date
HDCED Home Detention Curfew Eligibility Date
HJIP Health and Justice Indicators of Performance Dataset that collects information on the delivery and outcome requirements NHS England are required to commission as part of their organsiational responsibilities.
HLT HMPPS Leadership Team
HMC Hearing Management Component Common component facilitating the management of hearings at HMCTS
HMCS His Majesty's Courts Service See HMCTS
HMCTS His Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service HMCTS is an executive agency of the MoJ, responsible for the administration of the courts of England and Wales.
HMG His Majesty's Government
HMIP His Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons His Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons is an independent inspectorate which reports on conditions for and treatment of those in prison and young offender institutions and immigration facilities.
HMIP His Majesty's Inspectorate of Probation His Majesty's Inspectorate of Probation is a statutory body and independent UK inspectorate funded by the MoJ.
HMPPS HM Prison and Probation Service
HN Hostage Negotiators
HNA Health Needs Assessment
HNA Hostage Negotiation Advisors
HO Home Office The Home Office is a ministerial department responsible for immigration, security and law and order.
HoBA Head of Business Assurance
HOIT Home Office IT
HOMD Head of Offender Management Delivery An individual who can assign POMs to offenders
HOPO Home Office Production Order
Horizon Horizon Sex Offender Treatment Programme Sex Offender Treatment Programme
HPA Historic Prisoner Application When IIS (Inmate Information System - the precursor to Prison-NOMIS) was decommissioned, the data was archived into HPA
HPP High Performing Prison
HQ Headquarters
HR Human Resources
HRD Human Resource & Development
HRM Human Resource Management
HRP Healthy Relationships Programme Domestic Violence Programme (no longer running).
HSE High Security Estate The highest level of prison, eg Belmarsh.Could also be Health and Safety Executive, so avoid acronym.
HSP / HSF Healthy Sex Programme / Health Sexual Functioning Programme Sex Offender Treatment Programme
HTA Hierarchical Task Analysis
HWF Help with Fees The service formerly known as Fee Remission.Two parts, public and staff facing
HwPV Help With Prison Visits Also known as APVS (Assisted Prison Visit Scheme)
I-SOTP Internet Sex Offender Treatment Programme Sex Offender Treatment Programme (no longer running).
IA immigration and asylum As in 'Immigration and Asylum Tribunal'.
IA Independent Adjudicator The person who makes Adjudication decisions. IA could also refer to Information Assurance
IA Information Architecture IA could also refer to Information Assurance, Information Architecture or immigration and asylum so confusing acronym.
IA Information Assurance as used by MOJ ICT.
IAC Immigration and Asylum Chamber
IAC Intensive Alternative to Custody
IAO Information Asset Owner Somewhat of an equivalent to a SIRO - related to information security / accreditation
IAPS Integrated Accredited Programmes System
IAR Information Access Representative Admin staff based at a prison to collect information for a SAR
ICA Initial Categorisation Assessment
IDA identity assurance Verifying digitally who someone is. There is a programme currently running (Jan 2014) in Government Digital Service, known as 'IDAP' which is implementing a way to verify the identity of citizens and business digitally so they can use government services online.
IDAM identity access management approach The approach initially taken by the common platform programme, for applications like Rota. They are now moving to use the GDS created identity system IDAP
IDAP Government Digital Service's identity assurance programme
IDAP Integrated Domestic Abuse Programme Domestic Violence Programme (no longer running).
IDPC Used in Defence request
IDS Intrusion Detection System An intrusion detection system (IDS) is a device or software application that monitors a network or systems for malicious activity or policy violations.
IDTS Integrated Drug and Treatment System Reception - Unit for prisoners detoxing from drugs and/or alcohol
IEP Incentive/Earned Privilege (level)
IEPS Incentives & Earned Privileges Scheme
IFS Interim financial system
IICSA Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse
IIS Inmate Information System The precursor to Prison-NOMIS. IIS has now been decommissioned, and data archived into HPA (Historic Prisoner Application)
IIS Investors In People
IL# Impact Levels [number] Shorthand for BIL#Information has an impact level, not a whole system. eg p-Nomis is IL3 is wrong.specific information about prisoners will have business impact 3 if made publicAll revised with the new Official criteria
ILP Individual Learning Plan
IM Interventions Manager Specifically related to Delius
IMA Independent Monitoring Authority Responsible for monitoring EU nationals post-Brexit
IMB Independent Monitoring Board Statutory bodies that monitor the welfare of prisoners of the UK to ensure they are properly cared for whilst in custody and detention.
IMR Inmate Medical record
IMS Intelligence Management Service
IMSU Incident Management Support Unit
Interventions This term in the prison system means courses that prisoners can attend that address behaviour such as drug misuse, domestic violence, etc
Interventions Manager A system that records prisons interventions services
INView INView A system which supports the delivery of efficient and effective custodial services by providing cost and resource use information and reporting for services delivered in public sector prisons
InVision A system used in prisons to detail staff. Also known as CSR (Corporate Staff Rostering) or My Detail
IOCCO Interception of Communications Commissioner's Office
IOD Information Operations Division The Information Operations Division are responsible for:- Records Management - Managing the department's corporate record- FOI Act compliance - Ensuring FOI requests are dealt with in accordance with the Act.- Knowledge & Information Mgr - Building good Information Management and Knowledge Sharing- Information Assurance - Building Information Assurance against HMG mandated standards and developing a culture of good information handling- Data Protection Act Compliance - Ensuring personal data is handled lawfully / securely and that privacy is maintained
IOM Integrated Offender Management
IPP Imprisonment (or detention) for Public Protection CJA 1991 & 2003
IPPF Integrated Probation Performance framework
IPT Inter Prison Transfer
IPV Intimate Partner Violence
IPV Inter Prison Visit
IQR Implementation Quality Report
IR Intelligence Report A method of reporting intelligence information to the Security department via the Mercury system (generally done electronically, but paper versions are available to those without computer access)
IRaT Incident Response and Tuning Live product support at MoJ Digital.
IRC Immigration Removal Centre
IRS Incident Reporting System A bolt on software to PNOMIS for recording incidents within Prisons and escorts.
is/are denotes a description Formal term from UK Government Orange Book: Management of Risk - Principles and Concepts.
IS91 A prisoner who has been detained under Immigration Act powers.
ISP Indeterminate Sentence Prisoner
ISP Initial Sentence Plan
ISPP Indeterminate Sentences for Public Protection CJA 1991 & 2003
ISPs Indeterminate Sentenced Prisoners CJA 1991 & 2003
ISS Investigations Support Services Based in Crown House, Corby
ISSS Information and System Support Services
ITA Internation Trade Advisor 3rd party advisors contracted with UKTI offering business around business development.
ITHC IT Healthcheck Penetration and security testing for services before they are released for public consumption. The ITHC must normally be re-done for each major system change - adding new external API lookups to a previously secure system, for example. Services are not considered 'live' or 'accepted into service' until the ITHC has been completed. Partial ITHCs exist, where a service already passed ITHC and a focussed change has been made.
ITIL ITIL, formerly[1] an acronym for Information Technology Infrastructure Library, is a set of detailed practices for IT service management (ITSM) that focuses on aligning IT services with the needs of business.
ITN Invitation to negotiate Confusing acronym - as more commonly used for Independent Television News.
IWC Intermittent Weekday Custody
IWP Integrated Word Processor Used within classic Prison-NOMIS Application. Template documents that pull data through from the database. Examples include case management documentation and release licences
JAC Judicial Appointments Commission
JC Justices' clerk Legally-trained member of staff in a magistrates' court, who advises the mags (who are volunteers) on tricky questions about the law.
JCHR Joint Committee on Human Rights
JES Job Evaluation Scheme
JETS Juvenile Enhanced Thinking Skills General Offending Programme
JHA Justice and Home Affairs One of the policy areas of the Council of the European Union
JIRPA Joint Industrial Procedural Agreement
JISL Judicially Imposed Sentence Length NOMIS internal representation of sentence length as a single period term
JR Judicial Review Judicial review is a type of court proceeding in which a judge reviews the lawfulness of a decision or action made by a public body.
JS JavaScript Computer code used predominantly in Web browsers to provide enhance user interaction.
JS Jury Summons
JSA Jobseekers Allowance You can apply for New Style Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) to help you when you’re looking for work.
JSAS Justice Statistics Analytical Services A unit within Ministry of Justice Analytical Services Directorate.
JSC Justice Select Committee
JSON JavaScript Object Notation A simple, lightweight data format.
Justice Data Public facing website for latest prison, probabtion and courts data https://data.justice.gov.uk/
Kainos CTC Kainos Challenge to Change General Offending Programme
Kaizen Kaizen Offender Behaviour Programme General Offending Programme
KBA Knowledge Base Article
KBD Key Business Decisions
Key Traka See: Traka
KI Known Incident
KILO Knowledge and Information Liaison Officer Responsible person/people in a team/department for responding to Freedom of Information Act requests.
KML Keyhole Markup Language
KPI Key Performance Indicator A type of performance measurement that evaluates the success of an organisation or of a particular activity.
KPT Key Performance Target A type of performance measurement that evaluates the success of an organisation or of a particular activity.
KSF Keep Separate From Used on a PER (Person Escort Record)
KW Key Worker
L&D Learning & Development
LA Legal Advisor
LAA Legal Aid Agency The new LSC
LAA Local Area Agreements Local Area Agreements (LAAs) set out the priorities for a local area, as agreed between central government, the Local Authority and Local Strategic Partnership, and other key partners.
LAALAA Legal Aid Agency Legal Adviser API API for finding Legal Providers for specific categories of law close to a physical location (postcode or address).
LAPG Legal Aid Practitioners Group A membership organization representing legal aid providers/practitioners - lawyers, barristers etc. MOJ has a history of engaging with them on legal aid policy and practicalities.
LASPO Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 Essentially this act 'reformed' the scope of what legal aid was available for (decreased the scope). When talking to subject matter experts at the level of granting legal aid funding, you may hear reference to phrases such 'Schedule 1' of the act, which describes what cases are 'in scope' or 'out of scope' for legal aid. LASPO gave rise to the need for Exceptional Case Funding (ECF) to ensure that human rights were not breached by cutting the scope of legal aid
LASPOA2012 Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 Essentially this act 'reformed' the scope of what legal aid was available for (decreased the scope). When talking to subject matter experts at the level of granting legal aid funding, you may hear reference to phrases such 'Schedule 1' of the act, which describes what cases are 'in scope' or 'out of scope' for legal aid. LASPO gave rise to the need for Exceptional Case Funding (ECF) to ensure that human rights were not breached by cutting the scope of legal aid
LBBs Locks, Bars & Bolts Daily Cell Searching
LBs Living Blocks
LCJ Lord Chief Justice Head of the judiciary in England and Wales
LCJB Local Criminal Justice Board
LDD Learning Difficulties and Disabilities
LDD Local Delivery Directory Delivery of PSAs
LDU Local Delivery Unit Probation
LED Licence Expiry Date
LEDS Law Enforcement Data Service
LFW Legal Framework Reference data used in civil legal aid. It's a bunch of interlinked spreadsheets and it's used by CCMS.
LGBT Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual & Transgender (network)
LGFS Litigators Graduated Fees Scheme Fee scheme available to Solicitors who work on Crown Court cases
LIAP Low Intensity Alcohol Programme Substance Misuse Programme (no longer running).
LIBRA Case management system used by Magistrate Courts only to record case details, hearing dates, applicant details etc. Note that this system is not used by Crown Courts.
Libra Database co-ordinated by Magistrates Courts
LIDS Local Inmate Data System Prison-wide computer system to log details of all prisoners and their sentences. Has been replaced by NOMIS.
LiP Litigant in Person An individual representing themselves at court without legal representation
LiPs Litigants in Persons People at court without a professional representative.
Liquid Logic Children’s Services system (assume at one or more local authority)
LIT Local Implementation Team Seems to be a common acronym for national->regional->local projects with CPS/Police/CJS.
LNM Living as New Me Sex Offender Treatment Programme
Los Lay Observers
LPA Lasting Power of Attorney This isn't usually capitalised, though GOV.UK and OPG do so.
LPP Local People Plan People's Strategy
LPP Local Project Plan Business Change - Microsoft Planning - OM, C-NOMIS, Phoenix
LPT London Probation Trust
LR Licence Recall
LR Licence Revoke
LSA Local Systems Administrator
LSAST Live Services Applications Support Team (also a Prison-NOMIS Dev / Test environment by the same name) This was the Prison-NOMIS Application Support Team's name, and an environment named 'LSAST' was originally built for them, but now it is now also used by NART for dev/test purposes
LSC Legal Services Commision Now the LAA
LSC Learning & Skills Council Replaced by Skills Funding Agency
LSCB Local Safeguarding Children Board
LSF Local Security Framework
LTD Late Transfer Date for a Detention Training Order
LTHSE Long Term High Security Estates
MAAT Means Assessment Administration Tool Web app used by caseworkers to process legal aid applications for criminal cases.
MaLi Master list of initiatives An MOJ Technology list of all projects and programmes of work across the ministry
MALRAP Multi Agency Lifer Risk Assessment Panel
MAPPA Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements
MAPPP Multi-Agency Public Protection Prisoner
MAPPS Multi-Agency Public Protection Service will replace VISOR. In development from 2021 until approx 2024
MARAC Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference A local, multi agency victim-focused meeting where information is shared on the highest risk cases of domestic violence and abuse (includes considerations of child protection) between different statutory and voluntary sector agencies
may denotes approval Formal term from UK Government Orange Book: Management of Risk - Principles and Concepts.
MBU Mother and Baby Unit
MCA Mental Capacity Act
MCOL Money Claim Online Online service to "take court action against someone if they owe you money and won’t pay you back".
MCQ Minor Change Quotation Related to tender documents.
MDO Mentally Disordered Offender
MDS Minimum Data Set
MDT Mandatory Drug Testing MDT has been in existence since 1996. Its purposes is to supply information on patterns of drug misuse, deter prisoners from misusing drugs, identify those in need of referral to drug treatment, contribute to drug supply reduction, and contribute to prisoner safety, violence reduction, order and control.
MFA Multi Factor Authentication
MFD Multifunctional device Printers at MOJ, which can also be used to scan in documents (hence the 'multifunctional' bit).
MHA1983 Mental Health Act 1983
MI Management Information Data or statistics collected and used to measure performance in a business
Microlise GPS System allowing real-time vehicle tracking
might denotes a possibility Formal term from UK Government Orange Book: Management of Risk - Principles and Concepts.
MINT Managed INTerconnect Two firewalls that bridge the OMNI and Quantum networks.
MIS Management Information System
MITM Man In The Middle
MLRA Managed Libra Record Access application Web app used by LAA caseworkers to access court information on Libra
MODs Models for Operational Delivery
MOiC Managing Offenders in Custody
MOJ Ministry of Justice Use capitals - 'MOJ', not 'MoJ'.Departments don’t take the definite article, so 'MOJ', not 'the MOJ'.
MOJFIN MoJ Finance Data warehouse the LAA finance team uses
MOJO Ministry of Justice OFFICIAL End User Compute service developed as a replacement for the QUANTUM end user compute service for HMPS staff.
MOSOVO Managing sexual offenders and violent offenders The Sexual or Violent Offender Manager is specially trained in the response to and Management of Sexual or Violent Offenders (MOSOVO) and Active Risk Management (ARMS).
MOU Memorandum Of Understanding
MP Modernisation Platform The Modernisation Platform is a hosting platform where teams can host and modernise applications which are not suitable for Cloud Platform
MPS Moving People Safely
MPSI Ministers, Parliament, Strategy and implementation
MQPL Measuring the Quality of Prisoner Life
MSV Most Serious Violence
MTD Mid Transfer Date
MTP Money To Prisoners Currently a working name for a project digitising the process of sending money to UK prisoners.
MTR Legal Aid Means Test Review A set of changes to the means test for legal aid. It raises thresholds, and many other changes to the rules, so that more people get legal aid, and therefore access to justice.
MTU Modular Temporary Units
MVP Minimum Viable Product
My Detail A system used in prisons to detail staff. Also known as CSR (Corporate Staff Rostering) or InVision WFM
NA Negotiation Advisors
NACRO National Association for the Care & Resettlement of Offenders
NACS Network Access Control Service A centralised in-house built authentication service that provides access to the MoJ network at a device level.
NAO National Audit Office
NAP National Applied Psychology Group
NAPO National Association of Probation Officers
NART National Applications Reporting Team This team support Reporting from nDelius, OASys and Prison-NOMIS using Business Objects. Answer ad-hoc queries including FOIs, PQs and Research Projects. We're on slack #nart
NCRD Notional Conditional Release Date
NCSC National Cyber Security Centre The National Cyber Security Centre is an organisation of the United Kingdom Government that provides advice and support for the public and private sector in how to avoid computer security threats.
ND nDelius
NDE Non-Directly Employed
nDelius National Delius Probation case management system
NDH Nomis Data Hub Term used by HP, which is part of the NOMIS API architecture for Prison Visits Booking
NDPB Non-departmental public body Literally means a bit of government that's not a department - only really used in government circles.
NDPDU National Drug Programme Delivery Unit
NEET Not in Education, Employment, or Training
NEMC National Executive Management Committee
NEPACS (Formerly) The North East Prison After Care Society A charity working in the north east of England to support prisoners and their families.
NFA No Fixed Abode
NFR Non Functional Requirements
NFR Not For Release
NGSS Next Generation Shared Services
NIAC National Intelligence Assessment Centre
NID National Interventions Directory PSO 4350
NIMU National Incident Management Unit
NINo National Insurance number
NISE Network Information Security Enhancement (Project) This aims to migrate intranet applications from the existing environment to a new one for reasons of security.
NMC New Me Coping Sex Offender Treatment Programme (no longer running).
NMO Non-Molestation Order
NMS New Me Strengths General Offending Programme
NOC Notice of Change (Privately Managed Prisons and CRC)
NOLASA No on Libra Auto Search NOLASA (Not On Libra Auto-Search Application) is a micro-service that reads cases that have been marked as 'not-on-libra' from the MLRA database once a day (8pm). It then auto-searches the HMCTS Libra system via the LAA's Infox message broker service. The message protocol used is SOAP.If NOLASA finds that there are results returned for a case it updates its status in MLRA to say 'RESULTS FOUND'. This means that caseworkers can filter 'not on libra' cases to ones that they know they will have results for. They can then prioritize their case searching and linking more effectively.
Nominals In Police parlance a ‘nominal’ is someone recently arrested. In prisons it is a prisoner suspected (and often under surveillance) of carrying out criminal activity within the prison, such as drug dealing.
NOMIS National Offender Management Information System aka c-nomis or p-nomisSystem designed to replace LIDS that logs details of all prisoners, their sentences, and more.
NOMS National Offender Management Service Replaced by HMPPS April 2017
NOMS Number National Offender Management Service Number Used in Prison-NOMIS as the unique identifier for prisoners. (Note that colloquially it is referred to as both ‘NOMIS ID’ and ‘NOMS ID’ - but in the system it is labelled as ‘NOMS number’. Labelled on the Prison-NOMIS database as OFFENDER_ID_DISPLAY)
NORA Non-ORA Sentence (under 12 months for an offence committed before 01/02/2015)
NORB National Operations Readiness Board
NORCET NOMS Occupational Risk Control Evaluation Tool
NoS Notice of Supervision Appears to apply to Young Offenders (YO)
NOW Notices, Orders and Warrants A product of the Common Platform
NPA National Partnership Agreement Between Home Office and Department of Health
NPD Non Parole Date
NPPV Non-police personnel vetting
NPS National Probation Service Old name for Probation Service (changed June 2021).
NPS New/Novel Psychoactive Substances Also known as PS (Psychoactive Substances), and more commonly as Spice or Legal Highs
NPT National Prosecution Team A joint team of CPS and Association of Chief Police Officers/National Policing Improvement Agency staff. T
NQOS Newly Qualified Officers (Probation)
NSF National Security Framework
NSI Non Statutory Intervention
NSJE Non Standard Journal Entry
NSMART National Standards Monitoring And Reporting Tool Probation standards tool
NSOGP Northumbria Sex Offenders Group Programme Sex Offender Treatment Programme (no longer running).
NSVC National Security Vetting Contact Someone within a team or organisation with knowledge of the securty vetting process, and who can help with vetting questions or processes.
NTC Not to contact Used to show the there should be no contact between a prisoner and a prisoner contact. Often used in social visits booking.
NTP Notice to prisoners
NVDA NonVisual Desktop Access Windows screen reader, like JAWS, but free.
NWOW New Ways Of Working
O/C Offence Committed
OAMU Offender Assessment and Management Unit
OAS Oracle Analytics Server Oracle MI reporting tool. Used by LAA for reporting on data in EDW, Mojfin and other sources. OAS is the upgraded version of OBIEE.
OASys Offender Assessment System An offender assessment package. It identifies and classifies offending related needs, such as anger management, drug dependency, and poor literacy.
OAT Operational Acceptance Test
OBIEE Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition LAA MI reporting tool that was replaced by OAS.
OBN Overseas British Network AKA OBNI
OBP Offender Behaviour Programme
OBR Office for Budget Responsibility "It is the duty of the Office to examine and report on the sustainability of the public finances"
OCA Observation, Categorisation and Allocation
OCA Offender classification and assessment
OCC Office for Contracts & Competitions Home Office department dealing with contracts for Correctional Services
OCC Operational Control Centre
OCMC Online Civil Money Claims
ODI Open Data Institute
OEM Oracle Enterprise Manager Oracle monitoring software, used in CCMS
offloc Offender Location report The old name for the Common Data Extract.
OFSTED Office For Standards in Education
OGD Other Government Department
OGRS Offender Group Reconviction Scale Actuarial predictor of risk of reoffending
OGSIRO Office of the Government Senior Information Risk Owner SIRO for all of government, based in the cabinet office.
OI Own Interest A reason for removing a prisoner from association (See R45)
OISG Operational Implementation Support Group
OJC Office for Judicial Complaints Soon to be JCIO
OJEU Official Journal of the European Union The Official Journal of the European Union (the OJ) is the official gazette of record for the European Union (EU). It is published every working day in all of the official languages of the member states.Most interestingly, it's used as a forum to publish procurement requests to all member states, and offers a (longer, slower) alternative to using GCloud.
OLAP Online Analytical Processing
OLASS Offenders' Learning and Skills Service Integrated (prison based) offender education with mainstream academic and vocational provision. OLASS ceased delivery in 2018, and was replaced by something else (can't remember what though, but it essentially devolved a lot of it down to local purchases at governor level)
Oleeo Website Recruitment service used during recruitment of Civil Servants, especially where vetting is required.
OM Offender Manager Probation
OMBCG Offender Management Business Co-ordination Group
OMFQ Offender Management Feedback Questionnaire
OMI Offender Management Inspection
OMiC Offender Management in Custody
OMiC Go A digital solution providing basic prisoner information, auto allocation of prisoners to KW’s This may be an old name for the service
OMIS Overseas Market Introduction Service
OMNI Offender Management National Infrastructure A network used to access probation systems
OMPPG Offender Management Public Protection Group
OMS Other MOJ Suppliers
OMSPD Offender Management Sub-Programme Board
OMU Offender Management Unit Handle sentence calc etc in sites
ONR OASys National Reporting
OOH Out of hours
OPA CCMS's Oracle Policy Automation Rulebase engine
OPD Offender Personality Disorder
OPG Office of the Public Guardian
OPG Operation Policy Group
OPV Official Prison Visitor OPVs visit prisoners who rarely, if ever, have visits from friends or family members. OPVs are volunteers and are independent of the prison and its staff.
ORA2014 Offender Rehabilitation Act 2014
Oracle HRMS Prison Human Resource Management System Replaced by SOP
OS Offender Supervisor
OSAG Operational and System Assurance Group responsible for several of the audits we hold data for on the Hub and are mentioned in TNs
OSAP Offender Substance Misuse Programme Substance Misuse Programme (no longer running).
OSG Operational Support Group/Grade Operational support grades (OSGs) work in prisons carrying out duties essential to the smooth running of the establishment. They may work in and around a prison establishment or on duties which take them outside - to courts or other prisons, for example.
OSPT Official Solicitor and Public Trustee
OST Operational Security Team
OWASP Open Web Application Security Project
OWB Oracle Warehouse Builder An Oracle Extract Transform Load tool used for some LAA data warehouses
P-ASRO Prisons Addressing Substance Related Offending Substance Misuse Programme (no longer running).
P-NOMIS Prison National Offender Management Information System Operational database used in prisons for the management of offenders.
P3T Personnel Physical Procedural Technical The areas of information assurance.
PA (Care Leaver) Personal Advisor A Personal Advisor (PA) acts as a focal point to make sure that a young person leaving care/prison gets the right support as they move into adulthood
PAC Public Accounts Committee
PACE Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984
PACE1984 Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984
Pact Prison Advice and Care Trust Pact is a pioneering national charity that supports prisoners, people with convictions, and their children and families.
PADA Prospective Added Days Awarded Added days that are awarded whilst an offender is unsentenced, but must be added to the release dates when sentenced.
PAF Postcode Address File The source of data for postcode lookups. The DSD uses this for its own service which converts it to a latitude/longitude, like on Court Finder and CLA Provider Directory.
PAG Performance and Analysis Group Replaced by PPAS
PAG (Old Name - See PPAS) Planning and Analysis Group Now known as PPAS (Prison & Probation Analytical Services)
PAMS Prisoner Activity Management System Not much more info on this at the moment - I understand that it is how they manage prisoner activity, work schedules, learning and visit schedules.
Parom 1 Generic Parole Assessment Report
PBA Payment By Account Payment system streamlining payment by solicitors and other legal professionals across HMCTS services
PBR Payment By Results A methodology whereby payments to suppliers are contingent on the independent verification of work they have performed (results)
PCC Police and Crime Commissioner PCCs are elected to make sure that local police meet the needs of the community
PCC(S)A2000 Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000
PCI Payment Card Industry An industry standards body responsible for regulation of handling debit/credit cards.
PCL-R Assessment of Psychopathology
PCO Prisoner Custody Officer
PCOL Possession Claim Online
PCOSO People Convicted Of Sexual Offences The 'P' may also be known as 'Persons' or 'Prisoners'
PCR Pre-sentence report
PCS Public & Commercial Services Civil Service union.
PCSC Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022
PCSCA2022 Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022
PCSO Police Community Support Officer
PCUAM Provider Contracts and User Access Management
PCVL Prison to court video link
PDA Personal Digital Assistant
PDB Probation Delivery Board
PDG Prison Directors Group
PDS Public Defence Service
PDU Probation Delivery Unit Probation Delivery Unit - previously known as LDU (Local Delivery Unit).
PE Physical Education
PEA Prisoner Earnings Act
Peakon People Analytics & Employee Engagement Software Similar to the People Survey, but we're polled fortnightly instead of yearly
PECS Prisoner Escort Custody Services The provision of prisoner journeys and transfers between prisons, the case and supervision of prisoners in custody in court cell suites and the custody of prisoners in court docks.
PED Parole Eligibility Date
PEEPs Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans To help people evacuate the building in the event of a fire alarm or other emergency, especially if they may have difficulty due to a disability, injury, pregnancy, etc.
PER Prisoner Escort Record
PETP Prison Estates Transformation Programme
PEX(ER) Public Expenditure (Efficiency and Reform) Cabinet Sub-committee
PF Petty France Short name for MOJ main building at 102 Petty France, SW1H 9AJ London
PF Policy Framework
PFD President of the Families Division
PFI Private Finance Initiative A way of creating 'public-private partnerships' where private firms are contracted to complete and manage public projects.
PFS Prisoner Facing Service A service that is provided to a Prisoner
PGA Prison Governor's Association Governor's union
PGD Prison Group Director
PGP Pretty Good Privacy A way of encrypting emails in such as way that only the intended recipient can read.
PHDP Prison Health Delivery Plan
PHE Public Health England
Phoenix A human resources IT system, replaced by SOP
PHW Public Health Wales
PI Probation Instruction
PIA Privacy Impact Assessment
PIAC Prisoner's Information & Activities Committee Meets with the SMT every Thursday at 12:30pm
PIC Performance Improvement Co-ordinator
PID Project Initiation Document
PIMS Provider Interaction Management System
PiP Person in Prison Target Operating Model (TOM) and other Transition documents make reference to this
PIP Personal Independence Payment
PIP Performance Improvement Planning A strand of the Benchmarking programme
PIPES Psychologically Informed Physical Environment Services
PIU Protective Isolation Unit accomodation for known or probable COVID-19 cases
PLIC Prison leavers Innovation Challenge It aims to develop innovative new solutions to break the cycle of reoffending
PLP Personal Learning Plan
PMBLO Pregnancy, Mother and Baby Unit Liaison Officer
PMO Project Management Office Bit of organisation that sets standards for project management.
PMP Privately Managed Prisons
PMR Performance Management Review Civil Servant performance reviews
PMU Prison Management Unit
PMU Population Management Unit
PNC Police National Computer The Police National Computer is used to facilitate investigations and sharing information of both national and local importance.
PNCiD Police National Computer Id To identify a particular person by the number allocated by police when creating a record on the PNC.
PO Prison Officer
PO Probation Officer Not to be confused with Prison Officer in much OM literature
POA Payment on account LAA term for when a provider requests to be paid for part of the work they already carried out, before they submit their final claim/bill
POA Prison Officer's Association Prison officer's union
PoC Proof of Concept
POELT Prison Officer Entry Level Training A 12 week programme that equips new officers with the skills and knowledge needed to begin their careers working in the prison service and rehabilitate offenders.
POLAR Payment of Legal Aid Remuneration Legacy system for recording and tracking all claims received by the National Taxing Team (NTT) as part of assessing Legal Aid claims
POM Prison Offender Manager The new Case Manager/Band 4 Prison Officer
POM Probation Offender Manager Probation Service Role in Prison
POMC Prison Operations Management Committee
PoP Person on Probation Community / Suspended Sentence Order - Target Operating Model (TOM) and other Transition documents make reference to this
POPO Prolific and Other Priority Offender
POPs Privately Operated Prisons
POS Prison Onsite Support
POSOE Provision Of a Safe Operating Environment SBC
POTO Priestley One to One Programme General Offending Programme (no longer running).
PPAS Prison and Probation Analytical Services Formerly PAG, part of the Ministry of Justice Analytical Services directorate.
PPCS Public Protection Casework Section
PPD Project & Program Delivery
PPE Personal Protective Equipment
PPI Payment Protection Insurance Insurance product that provided insurance to borrowers, if unable to repay for unforeseen reasons
PPM Project & Program Management
PPMHG Public Protection and Mental Health Group Formally PPU - Public Protection Unit
PPO Prison and Probation Ombudsman The Prison and Probation Ombudsman carries out independent investigations into deaths and complaints in custody.
PPO Priority Prolific Offender
PPRC Persons posing a risk to children
PPT Prison Performance Tool
PPU Public Protection Unit
PPUD Public Protection Unit Database Licensing of Prisoners: Manages Recalls and Parole. Prison and Probation can access this system, that is primarily used by a large team (Circa 150 people) in Petty France. This is being replaced but unclear with what and when
PQ Parliamentary Question
PQiP Professional Qualification in Probation
PRC Prisons Research Centre University of Cambridge
Pre Con Previous Conviction
Precons Pre-convictions These are found on the PNC. A PDF ‘Printout’ of precons for a particular offender is used by court probation officers
PRP Probation Reform Programme A Draft Target Operating Model for the Future of Probation Services in England and Wales
PRRD Post Recall Release Date
PRS Prison Rating System A system designed to provide a prison rating based on an assessment of output with additional factors such as audits and surveys. Replaced by the CPT in 2017/2018
PS Police Sergeant
PS Probation Service New name (June 2021) for what was the National Probation Service.
PSA Public Service Agreement MoJ Business Objectives
PSD Personal and Social Development Refers to courses such as art courses, which seek to foster PSD
PSE Police Sergeant Employee
PSG Policy and Strategy Group
PSI Prison Service Instructions Rules, regulations and guidelines by which prisons are run. See also PSO
PSI Public Sector Information Any information (content) whatever its medium (form) – including print, digital or electronic, and sound recordings – produced, held or disseminated by a public sector body is considered public sector information. This includes an enormous range: corporate information such as reports and financial data, codes of practice, public records, statistics, still and moving images, press releases, artefacts, publication schemes, and so on.
PSITA Police Station Immigration Telephone Advice There are 3 different firms. A part of the solicitor role.
PSN Public Services Network The PSN is the government’s high-performance network, which helps public sector organisations work together, reduce duplication and share resources
PSNP PSN for Police PSN + encryption, used by police forces
PSO Prison Service Orders Rules, regulations and guidelines by which prisons are run. These are outlined in Prison Service Instructions (PSIs) and Prison Service Orders (PSOs).
PSO Probation Service Officer
PSOA Provider Statement of Account A financial statement produced by LAA, showing the position between LAA and a legal aid provider
PSP Public Sector Prisons
PSP Public Social Partnership
PSRs Pre-Sentence Reports
PSS Post Sentence Supervision
PSU Personal Support Unit
PSU Prison Service Union Prison officer's union
PTPH Plea and Trial Preparation Hearing
PTR Prisoner Transfer Request
PTTP Prison Technology Transformation Programme Laptops, mobile devices, applications, etc. for the whole of HMPPS. Replacement for Quantum. Programme commenced 2020.
PUI CCMS's Provider User Interface Provider facing part of CCMS. It's used by providers to submit, amend and follow up on legal aid applications for civil cases.
PUM Portal User Management Use by LAA Online support team to reset users passwords, unlock their accounts and assign CCLF roles to users.
PVB Prison Visits Bookings
PVO Privileged Visiting Order Extra visiting credit for enhanced prisoners. One or two extra visits per month.
Q&A Questions & Answers
QA Quality Assurance
QAT Quality Assurance Testing
Qlikview Third Party Business Intelligence software
QPC Quantum Principal Contact
QUANTUM Prison Service IT System
R&D Research & Development
R&R Reward & Recognition
R&R Reasoning and Rehabilitation
R45 Rule 45 Prison rule which allows a governor to remove a prisoner from association with others, either for GOOD or OI.
RAA Regional Assurance Advisor
RAB Resource Accounting & Budgeting
RACI Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, Informed "Accountable" is sometimes "Approved"
RAD Rapid Application Development
RADA Restoration of Added Days Awarded
RAG Race Advisory Group
RAG Red Amber Green Traffic lights system of highlighting performance figures
RAID Risks, Issues, Assumptions and Dependencies
RAMP Risk Assessment and Management Panel
RAR Rehabilitation Activity Requirement
RBAC Role Based Access Control
RBCP Regional Business Change Partner
RBRu Rapid Build Residential unit
RC Regional Change Incorrectly entered. Please see RCBP.
RCJ Royal Courts of Justice Contains both the High Court and Courts of Appeal, based on the Stand in London.Definitely *not* like a large County Court!
RCSG Rehabilitation and Care Services Group
RCU Reverse Cohorting Unit Accommodation for a designated period of time for new receptions, recalls, transfers or prisoners returning from hospital, allowing emergent infectious cases to be detected before individuals enter the general population
RDC Rapid Deployment Cells
RDR Resettlement Day Release Relates to RoTL (Release on Temporary Licence) documentation
RDS Research Development and Statistics
REAG Race & Equalities Action Group
REAP Race Equality Action Plan
Resettlement Also known as ‘Throughcare’ Preparing prisoners for release, including issues such as accommodation, benefits, etc
RESOLVE Resolve Violence Programme
RESPECT Racial Equality for Staff The Prison Service's staff self-support network for minority ethnic staff. Aims to eliminate racism in the workplace.
RESPOND Racial Equality for Staff & Prisoners The Prison Service programme for achieving racial equality for staff and prisoners.
RFS Request for Service A procurement term used in NOMS (elsewhere?), specifically with HP to define new change requests and projects
RIC Remand in custody
RIDDOR Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences
RIDs Receipt, Inspection and Dispatch Units
RIE Release in Error
RIPA Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 Regulations with regards the use of surveillance/CCTV etc.
RM2000 Risk Matrix 2000 A static risk assessment for sex offenders over the age of 18
RMAD Risk Management Accreditation Document See RMADS
RMADS Risk Management and Accreditation Document Set
RMP Risk Management Plan
ROC Remuneration of Central Fund Costs It is used by a team of LAA caseworkers called 'Criminal cases unit'. They are the ones who assess claim for payments for any type of crime work that sits outside the graduated fee scheme. It's like processing payments for exceptional cases but it doesn't come from the Exception Case Funding scheme (which is only applicable for Civil). Providers claim those payments by emailing an Excel form to the Criminal case unit (there are 8 different forms depending on what's being claimed) who then log the claim into ROC, assess the claim and then send it to SSCL who processes the payment.
RoH Risk of Harm
ROM Rough Order of Magnitude A crude estimate of the cost of a project. See also SWAG and PIDOOMA.Could also stand for 'read-only memory'.
ROPARPS The Release of Prisoners (Alteration of Relevant Proportion of Sentence) Order 2020
ROPARPS2020 The Release of Prisoners (Alteration of Relevant Proportion of Sentence) Order 2020
ROR Resettlement Overnight Release Relates to RoTL (Release on Temporary Licence) documentation
ROR Restoration of Remission Synonym for Restoration of Added Days Awarded (RADA)
ROSH Risk of Serious Harm
RP Rolling Programme Sex Offender Treatment Programme (no longer running).
RPA Robotic Process Automation
RPD Regional Probation Director
RPM Royal Prerogative of Mercy
RPTS Residential Property Tribunal Service
RRAP Reducing re-offending Regional Action Plan
RRDS Records Retention and Disposition Schedule
RRLO Race Relations Liaison Officer
RRMT Race Relations Management Team
RS Restricted Status prisoners
RSG Rehabilitation Services Group
RSHO Risk of Sexual Harm Order
RSIPB Resource Strategy Implementation Programme Board
RSR Risk of Serious Recidivism Algorithmic predictor
RTM Requirements Traceability Matrix
RTUs Ready To Use Units
RTW Right To Work Evidence that someone is eligible to work lawfully in the UK.
Rx Remand to Custody
S&A Strategy & Assurance
S3 Simple Storage Service Amazon's data storage service
SA2020 Sentencing Act 2020
SAQ Self Assessment Questionnaire A form done in a the first couple days of prison by new prisoner
SAR Subject Access Request Similar to an FOI, but for yourself. At the MOJ this is typically used by prisoners or civil servants.
SARA Spousal Assault Risk Assessment
SARN Structured Assessment of Risk and Need
SASH Suicide and Self Harm
SAU Standards Audit Unit
SAV Security Architecture Review A term used by IA (Information Assurance)
SBC Specification, Benchmarking and Costing
SC Security Check Level of Security Clearance
SC2020 Sentencing Code 2020
SCA Start Custody Assessments
SCA2007 Serious Crime Act 2007
SCC Service Civilian Court
SCC Specialist Computer Centres Providers of web hosting
SCG Safer Custody Group
SCH Secure Children's Home A Secure Children's Home is a type of Youth Detention Accommodation and/or Secure Welfare Accommodation that accommodates children and young people between the ages of 10-17.
SCMS Small Claims Mediation Service Mediation service for people involved in small claim disputes. Applies to cases worth less than £10,000.
SCP Self Change Programme Violence Programme (no longer running).
SCS Senior Civil Servant Someone with a senior post in the Civil Service, for example a Director.
SCSBP Senior Civil Service Business Partner Organisation or individual who assists during recruitment of a Senior Civil Servant.
SCT Standards Coaching Team Specially-trained prison staff who support and train officers in some of the country’s most challenging jails.
SCU Separation & Care Unit Also / previously known as the Segregation Unit (Seg)
SDI Service Delivery Indicator
SDO Standard Directions Order Instructions from the court, issued to parties on how they should prepare for a legal case
SDOPC Special Sentence of Detention for Terrorist Offenders of Particular Concern
SDP Short Duration Programme Substance Misuse Programme (no longer running).
SDR Service Delivery Requirements
SDS Safe, Decent & Secure
SDS Secure Document Storage A team in LAA whose mission is to provide LAA digital products and services with a secure document service as a common capability.
SDS Standard Determinate Sentence
SDS+ Standard Determinate Sentence Plus (2/3rds release
SDT Safety Diagnostic Tool
SED Sentence Expiry Date
SEG Strategy and Effectiveness Group
Segregation Unit Also known as Seg, Solitary Confinement, SCU & CSC
SEO Search engine optimisation Improving search rankings for your site - for instance by using popular search terms in titles or web copy.
SERS Proprietary Serco software Used to plan and store PECS movements and milestone events
SFA Skills Funding Agency A partner organisation of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and our job is to fund and regulate adult further education and skills training in England.
SFO Serious Further Offence
SHA Strategic Health Authority
shall denotes a requirement: a mandatory element Formal term from UK Government Orange Book: Management of Risk - Principles and Concepts.
should denotes a recommendation: an advisory element Formal term from UK Government Orange Book: Management of Risk - Principles and Concepts.
SHPO Sexual Harm Prevention Orders
SID Self Inflicted Death
SIDs Self Inflicted Death
SIG Service Integration Group
SIM Service Incident and Management
SiP Staff in Post
SIR Security Information Record
SIR (Now superseded by IR) Security Information Report Prison. A previous method of reporting intelligence information to the Security department via paper. Now superseded by IR (Intelligence Report) generally submitted electronically via the Mercury system
SIRB Security Information Risk Board
SIRO Senior Information Risk Owner
SIWG Strategy and Implementation Working Group
SL Service Level measure Synonymous with “service level”, “performance measure”, “performance metric” and “assurance metric”. These are descriptions of the activities monitored for performance purposes.
SLA Service Level Agreement
SLC Student Loans Company
SLED Sentence and Licence Expiry Date
SLM Send legal mail to prisons
SMART Specific Measureable Achievable Realistic Time-bound
SMB Strategic Management Board
SME Small or medium-sized enterprise
SME Subject matter expert In LAA it is an expert on a particular part of legal aid policy/delivery
SMOD Subject Matter of Dispute If a legal dispute is about the ownership of an asset, then the value of that asset may be treated differently when calculating eligibility for legal aid for the dispute
SMP Substance Misuse Programme
SMS (in the Hub) Supplier Management System CWA (Contracted Work and Administration)'s Supplier (Legal Provider) data
SMT Senior Management Team
SNOW Service Now Contraction used by Prison staff
SO Supervising Officer
SOA Service-Oriented Architecture Both a term and a product suite from Oracle, responsible for providing a point of interface for external integrations for CCMS for case creation
SOCT Security, Order and Counter Terrorism
SoMo Social Mobility
SOP Single Operating Platform The HR system for the Ministry of Justice and other government departments. Used to complete HR, procurement, finance and payroll transactions.
SOP Standard Operating Procedure
SOPC Special Custodial Sentence for Certain Offenders of Particular Concern
SoS Secretary of State The Cabinet Minister in charge of a government department.
SOTP Sex Offender Treatment programme
SPC Suicide Prevention Co-ordinator
SPG Strategic Partner Gateway
SPIP Separated Parents Information Program Organises parent meetings with moderator.
SPL Special Purpose License A type of ROTL
SPO Senior Probation Officer
SPO Sentence Plan Outcomes
SPOC Single Point of Contact
SPOF Single Point of Failure Often refers to a single system, machine or person without which/whom a process/system/company will grind to a halt.e.g. a sysadmin who is the only one who knows the password to the mail server, who then gets hit by a bus.
SPR Sentence Planning & Review
SPRM Sentence Plan Review Meeting
SPTL Suicide Prevention team Leader
SR Service Release Used by nDelius application team to reference releases
SRA Security Risk Assessments
SRO Senior Responsible Owner In MOJ, the SRO is a single, senior, accountable figure, representing business needs and decisions. A key feature of good governance for all types of Programmes and Projects, there should be one on each project.
SRO Sexual Risk of Harm Order
SSC Shared Services Connected Now known as Shared Services Connected Limited (SSCL).
SSCL Shared Services Connected Limited Central government HR/finance management team, based in Newport, Wales. Responsible for management of Phoenix (HR system in a big Oracle DB).
SSCS Social security and child support As in 'Social Security and Child Support Tribunal', which deals with appeals about benefits decisions.
SSCU Separation, Support and Care (segregation) Unit
SSG Small Systems Group App making people at ICT
SSO Suspended Sentence Order
SSOT Single Source Of Truth
SSP Shared Services Programme
STC Secure Training Centre Privately-run, education-focussed centres for children aged 12-17.
STOP Substance, Treatment and Offending Programme Drugs programme
STS Serious Terrorism Sentence
SU Service User An offender in probation parlance
SU Shielding Unit Accommodation to protect the most vulnerable, with enhanced levels of biosecurity including dedicated staff
SUPS the programming framework used to create a variety of HMCTS systems SUPS comes in different flavours. MCOL is written against SUPS 15, which is implemented in J2EE and the Java Spring framework. PCOL chose to use an older version, SUPS9, which has significant performance issues.SUPS is also sometimes used as shorthand for a contract which has Juror, Familyman and Caseman inside it.
SUS System Usability Scale The System Usability Scale (SUS) provides a “quick and dirty”, reliable tool for measuring the usability. It consists of a 10 item questionnaire with five response options for respondents.
SWAG Scientific, Wild-Ass Guess Rough guess of how much a project will cost. See also ROM and PIDOOMA.
Syscon Software company who provide Prison-NOMIS "Syscon Justice Systems is the world's leading provider of offender management solutions, used by more jails and prisons to manage offenders than any other"
SystmOne Name for the digital Healthcare System used by prison NHS staff Often referred to as System One, but whilst it’s pronounced the same, the e isn’t actually in the name.
TA Technical Architecture
TACT Terrorism ACT ‘TACT Prisoner’
TAD Technical Architecture Document
TAD Tender Assessment Database Used by LAA to record assessment of contract tender responses.
TAFKADSD The Artists Formerly Known as the Digital Services Division Subsequently known as MOJ Digital Services. Currently known as MOJ Digital.
TBC To Be Confirmed
TBD To Be Decided or Defined
TC Therapeutic Community
TCEP Transforming Compliance and Enforcement Project/Programme
TCM Temporary Custodial Module
TCoP Technology Code of Practice The Technology Code of Practice is a cross-government agreed standard used for the [Cabinet Office spend control](https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/cabinet-office-controls) process and the [Local Digital Declaration](https://www.localdigital.gov.uk/declaration/).
TDiP Transforming Delivery in Prisons
TED Tenders Electronic Daily TED (Tenders Electronic Daily) is the online version of the 'Supplement to the Official Journal of the EU', dedicated to European public procurement.TED provides free access to business opportunities. It is updated 5 times a week with some 1,500 public procurement notices from the European Union, the European Economic Area and beyond.
TERS Tariff Early Removal Scheme
TERSED Tariff Early Removal Scheme Eligibility Date
TF Think First General Offending Programme (no longer running).
THD Target Hearing Date
Throughcare Also known as 'Resettlement' Preparing prisoners for release, including issues such as accommodation, benefits, etc
TIL Today I Learned
Timewise Timewise Offender Behaviour Programme General Offending Programme
tl;dr too long; didn't read Make it snappy!
TLA Three Letter Acronym
tma;dr Too many acronyms; didn't read. One made up especially for the civil service.
TMB The Magenta Book The Magenta Book is a set of guidance notes for policy evaluators and analysts, and people who use and commission policy evaluation.
TN Technical Note A Hub document which provides the technical details of the service level measures, including how they are calculated.
TNA The National Archives Can also mean something rude.
TNA Training Needs Analysis
TOIL Time Off in Lieu
ToR Terms of reference Not to be confused with Glastonbury Tor.
TORERA Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Act 2020
TORERA2020 Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Act 2020
TP Temporary Promotion Term usually used in relation to short term career promotions and covering the role of a higher band member of staff
TR Transforming Rehabilitation
Traka Traka key systems only allow authorised users to access prison keys, ensuring they remain accounted for at all times.
TSP Thinking Skills Programme An intervention that deals with domestic violence issues
TTG Through The Gate The means by which a greater number of offenders are given continuous support from custody into the community.
TTP Technology Transition Programme Replacement for DOM1 and DISC IT programme.Move to MS Asure cloud based service, Office 365.
TUPE TUPE stands for Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment)
TUSED Top Up Supervision Expiry Date
TV Tender Verification
TVM Transaction Volume Model
TVSOGP Thames Valley Sex Offenders Group Programme Sex Offender Treatment Programme (no longer running).
TW3 The Way We Work
UAL Unlawfully At Large
UAT User Acceptance Test
UC Universal Credit
UCPD User Centred Policy Design
UI User Interface
UKTI UK Trade & Investment
UoF Use of Force
UPC Unwanted prisoner contact
UPW UnPaid Work
UX User Experience
VAR Form Vehicle Activity Report form Contingency if PDA fails
VC The Virtual Campus
VCC Video Conferencing Centres Video conferencing centres (VCCs) are modern video facilities, purpose-built in prisons that serve the courts. VCCs are designed so they are suitable for court and parole hearings. They are also suitable for legal consultations. VCCs are not used for family or social visits by video call.
VCD View Court Data LAA web app for viewing data from HMCTS's "Common Platform"
VCS Voluntary & Community Sector
VDT Violence Diagnostic Tool Provides regular Management Information on violence to all levels of the agency and HMPS
VDT Voluntary Drug Testing
VDTU Voluntary Drug Testing Unit
VEDS Voluntary Early Departure Scheme
VICSO Veteran in Custody Support Officer
VIS Victims Information Service
ViSOR Violent and Sex Offender Register ViSOR is a secure national database that can be accessed by the Police, Probation, and Prison services, allowing the three services to work on the same system to help reduce reoffending. This is being replaced by MAPPS (see above)
VLE Virtual Learning Environments
VO Visiting Order Visiting credit for prisoners in the form of a reference number. Usually 2 a month.
VOM Vehicle Operations Manager
VP Vulnerable Prisoner
VPS Virtual Private Server
VPU Vulnerable Prisoner Unit
VSiP Visting someone in prison
VSR Victim Summary Reports
WAIS Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale Test used for diagnosing learning difficulties and disabilities (LDD)
WAN Wide Area Network
WASI Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence Shorter version of WAIS assessment tool
WAV Weighted Average Volumes
WCAG Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
WFH Work From Home
WFPT Workforce Planning Tool
WIS Witness Intermediary Scheme
WLB Work Life Balance
WLMT WorkLoad Measurement Tool
WP360G Citrix Windows 7 environment used by NOMS staff WP360G is the Citrix environment used by NOMS staff to connect to a Windows 7 session from Quantum systems (which run Windows XP).
WTG Web Technology Group Sub-contractor to Logica, they have access to the majority of our DNS zone files (incl. justice.gov.uk) and charge HYUGE amounts for small changes.
WTP Workplace Technology Programme WTP provides a generation of end-user-devices, in use c.2018-2020, by HMPPS office staff. Laptops and O365 & GSuite. They were previously using Quantum devices. WTP will be replaced by PTTP.
XHIBIT Exchanging Hearing Information by Internet Technology Case management system used by Crown Courts only to record case details, hearing dates, applicant details etc. Note that this system is not used by Magistrates Courts.
XOD Shift swap, shorthand used in some prisons May have also rendered this as EXOD or X-OD
XXCCMS Name of an LAA database schema. According to old rules, XX is the standard prefix for customization in EBS (E-Business Suite)
YCS Youth Custody Service
YJAF Youth Justice Application Framework
YJB Youth Justice Board
YO Young Offender
YOA Young Adult Offenders
YOI Young Offender Institution A type of prison in England and Wales intended for offenders aged beween 18-20, although some prisons cater for younger offenders.
YOS Youth Offending Service
YOT Youth Offending Team A multi-agency team co-ordinated by a local authority, overseen by the YJB, that deals with young offenders and attempts to prevent youth recidivism and incarceration.
YTD Year To Date