Problem-solving courts (PSCs) include a range of distinct models, which put judges at the centre of rehabilitation and offer an intensive community sentence with specific components as an alternative to custody for a target group, to reduce reoffending and improve outcomes. The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022 made legislative provision for pilot PSCs, focused on substance misuse, female offenders and domestic violence perpetrators. The first three pilot PSCs were announced in July 2022 and will be launched in the coming months.

This POSTnote will review evidence on the use of PSCs in different countries and jurisdictions. It will summarise previous trials to introduce elements of PSCs across England and Wales and available evaluation data. It will also include available data from the current pilots and stakeholder perspectives.

Work on this briefing will commence in April 2023.

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