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Ministry of Justice Acronyms

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Abbreviation Definition URL Info
1LS/2LS/3LS 1st, 2nd or 3rd Line Support
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
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 monitoring documentation
ACL Access Control List
ACPO Association of Chief Police Officers
AD Active Directory
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
ADR Architectural design record
AEP Accelerated Encryption Processing
AFK Away From Keyboard
AIS Acceptance Into Service
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
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
AP Approved Premises
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.
ASPIRE Assess – Sentence Plan – Implement – Review – Evaluate This is the core framework of offender management / sentence planning
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
ATOS Multinational Company - often involved in consultancy or healthcare See URL
AWS Amazon Web Services
BAFO Best And Final Offer
BAU Business As Usual
BBA Big Book of Acronyms The thing you're reading right now.
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
BDG Business Development Group
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'
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
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)
BPG ??? A digital gateway service that links nDelius to CRC systems(Not sure if this is a typo of SPG?)
BRB Be Right Back
BSR Building Skills for Recovery Substance misuse programme
BWVC Body Worn Video Camera
C&R Control & Restraint Prison
CA Case Admin
CAB Citizen's Advice Bureaux 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.
CARAT Counselling, Assessment, Referral, Advice, Throughcare CARAT workers are intermediaries between drug treatments providers and the prisoners themselves
CAS Case Allocation System Used after sentencing to assign offender as NPS or CRC
CATS Case Assessment and Tracking System .NET application written and used by CFO at Daresbury Park in Warrington for managing ESF funded projects
CBO crime billing online
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 litigators fee claims.
CCM Commercial Contract Management
CCMCC County Court Money Claims Centre
CCMS Client Cost Management System LAA web app to replace CIS, including financial modules to manage the LAA fund.
CCO Call Centre Officer Call centre officer of DSCC
CCR Crown Court Remuneration LAA web app that manages Advocate fee claims.Feeds into LAA data warehouse.
CCS Crown Commercial Service
CDC Change Data Capture
CDC Change Directorate Committee
CDCS Change Data Capture Staging LAA Oracle database for capturing data from remote databases.Receives data from CCMS which it captures within CDCS and then pulls the relevant information in to EDW.
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).
CDO Chief Digital Officer
CDT Central Drafting Team In referance to ministerial corrospondence
CEMLI Configuration, Extension, Modification, Localisation and Integration
CEO Court enforcement officer
CESG Communications-Electronics Security Group Part of GCHQ (spies and stuff) up in Cheltenham, they provide policy and assistance on digital security. Run IA and the impact levels etc.
CFO Co-Financing Organisation The name of a group within HMPPS who manage external funding (such as that from the ESF). Offices located in Daresbury Warrington.
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
CHS (Civil Legal Aid) 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."
CIS Corporate Information System LAA thick client app for legacy legal aid case management.
CJG Criminal Justice Group
CJS Criminal Justice System 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" mail platform used for conveying sensitive information across organizations and individuals.
CJX Criminal justice eXtranet links police pnn network to other govt networks
CLA Civil Legal Advice
CLA Civil Legal Aid
CM Custodial Manager A Band 5 prison officer. 3 stripes on their epaulettes
CNA certified normal accommodation Relating to prison capacity: "the good, decent standard of accommodation that the service aspires to provide all prisoners"
COBR Cabinet Office Briefing Room
Cohort, ‘Specialised Cohort’ Prisoners who are higher risk and are assigned to Key Worker and a Prison Offender Manager (POM)
Cohort, ‘Core Cohort’ Prisoners who are lower risk and assigned to a Key Worker and CRC
COM Community Offender Managers A role within the National Probation Service
COPs Contracted Out Prisons Privately run establishments
COTS Commercial off-the-shelf software; as opposed to custom build
CPA Contract Package Area Refers to the geographic area a CRC is responsible for
CPM Child Protection Management
CPO Chief Probation Officer
CPO Community Probation Officer
CPP common platform project
CPR Civil Procedure Rules
CPR Criminal Procedure Rules
CPS Crown Prosecution Service The organisation that is responsible for providing the prosecution in criminal cases in England and Wales.
CR Change Request
CRC Community Rehabilitation Company Organisations that will deliver probation services from 2014, replacing probation trusts.
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.
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)
CRP Conference Room Pilot
CSC Close Supervision Centre Also known as Segregation unit, Seg, Solitary Confinement & SCU
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
CSL Civil Service Learning Training courses for civil servants.
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
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
Custody Assistant subcontracted staff in custody
Custody Officer police staff
CVCC Court Video Conference Centre
CWA Contracted Work and Administration (system) LAA web app for managing providers and their contracted work, including contract billing.
CWX Civil debt recovery service. Legacy debt management app, hosted external.
D.Y.O. Deter Young Cohort Offender
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
DBS Defence Business Services
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
DD Deputy Director
DDaT Digital, Data and Technology
DDC deputy director of custody regional responsibilty for a group of prisons
DDC Deputy Director of Custody
DDC Digital Document Conversion
DFD Data Flow Diagram
DIB Divisional Implementation Board
DIC death in custody
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.
DPA Data Protection Act
DR Defence Request Formally DSDS.
DR Disaster Recovery
DRY Don't Repeat Yourself Often "DRY-ed". Removing duplication in code.
DS Digital Services MOJ Digital Services (formally DSD)
DSA Data Sharing Agreement
DSCC Defence Solicitor Call Centre
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
DSS Data Security Standard An accreditation for handling credit/debit cards managed by Payment Card Industry (PCI).
DTRG Digital Technology Review Group
DV Developed Vetting Level of Security Clearance
DV Domestic Violence
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.
EAT Employment Appeal Tribunal
ECS Elastic Container Service
EDRMS Electronic Documents and Record Management System Also known as NorthgateLAA's externally hosted document/record management system, used by CCMS.
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.
EMI Electronic Management Information LAA web app that allows LAA to share MI data with providers. Currently used for financial statement.
EQUIP Excellence and Quality in Probation Processes
ERP Enterprise Resource Planning
ESF European Social Fund Provides funding via the CFO to provide additional services to offenders
ET Employment Tribunal Also stands for 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial', a 1982 sci-fi movie about a loveable alien.
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
ExCo Executive Comity Board Permanent Secutary and Director Generals (6 of).
Extradition only registered solicitor can go
F2050 prisoner core record protected characteristics and case information
FALA Find a legal advisor
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
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
FOI Freedom Of Information
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
FTW For The Win
GAL Global Address List
GBS Government Banking Service
GDS Government Digital Service
GL General ledger
GPC Government Procurement Card Like a credit card, but with additional public sector controls etc. Divisions can use it for small purchases.
GSI Government Secure Intranet
GWS Government Wide Service
HCC Health Care Centre NHS facility in a prison
HDC home detention curfew
HMCS Her Majesty's Courts Service See HMCTS
HMCTS Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service They prefer ampersand (&) to avoid CATS acronymmiaowPreviously known as Her Majesty's Courts Service before it merged with Tribunals to become HMCTS
HMG Her Majesty's Government
HMIP Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons Thematic reviews. Also conduct unanounced prison inspections.
HMPPS HM Prison and Probation Service
HO Home Office Department responsible for the police, UK Border Agency, and the Security Service (MI5).
HOIT Home Office IT
HPA Historic Prisoner Application When IIS (Inmate Information System - the precursor to Prison-NOMIS) was decommissioned, the data was archived into HPA
HSE high security estate prison use
HSE High Security Estate The highest level of prison, eg Belmarsh.Could also be Health and Safety Executive, so avoid acronym.
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)
IA immigration and asylum As in 'Immigration and Asylum Tribunal'.
IA Information Architecture IA could also refer to Information Assurance, so confusing acronym.
IA Information Assurance as used by MOJ ICT.
IAC Immigration and Asylum Chamber
IAO Information Asset Owner Somewhat of an equivalent to a SIRO - related to information security / accreditation
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
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)
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)
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
IMB Independent Monitoring Board
Interventions Manager A system that records prisons interventions services
Interventions This term in the prison system means courses that prisoners can attend that address behaviour such as drug misuse, domestic violence, etc
InVision A system used in prisons to detail staff. Also known as CSR (Corporate Staff Rostering) or My Detail
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
IPV Intimate Partner Violence
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
ISP Indeterminate Sentence Prisoner
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.
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.
JES Job Evaluation Scheme
JHA Justice and Home Affairs One of the policy areas of the Council of the European Union
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
JSC Justice Select Committee
JSON JavaScript Object Notation A simple, lightweight data format.
KBD Key Business Decisions
Key Traka See: Traka
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 Indicators
KSF Keep Separate From Used on a PER (Person Escort Record)
KW Key Worker
L&D Learning & Development
LAA Legal Aid Agency The new LSC
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).
LBs Living Blocks
LDD Learning Difficulties and Disabilities
LDO Like, Duh!... Obviously!
LDU Local Delivery Unit Probation
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.
LIBRA National standard IT system for 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.
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.
LPA Lasting Power of Attorney This isn't usually capitalised, though GOV.UK and OPG do so.
LPT London Probation Trust
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
LSCB Local Safeguarding Children Board
MAAT Means Assessment Administration Tool LAA web app for crime means assessment for legal aid.
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
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
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.
MFD Multifunctional device Printers at MOJ, which can also be used to scan in documents (hence the 'multifunctional' bit).
MI Management Information Data or statistics collected and used to measure performance in a business.
MINT Managed INTerconnect Two firewalls that bridge the OMNI and Quantum networks.
MIS Management Information System
MITM Man In The Middle
MLRA LAA Managed Libra Record Access application
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'.
MOU Memorandum Of Understanding
MPS Moving People Safely
MPSI Ministers, Parliament, Strategy and implementation
MQPL Measuring Quality of Prisoner Life
MTP Money To Prisoners Currently a working name for a project digitising the process of sending money to UK prisoners.
MVP Minimum Viable Product
My Detail A system used in prisons to detail staff. Also known as CSR (Corporate Staff Rostering) or InVision WFM
NACRO National Association of Care & Resettlement of Offender A prisoner charity.
NAO National Audit Office
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
ND nDelius
NDE Non-Directly Employed
nDelius Probation IT 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.
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.
NFR Non Functional Requirements
NGSS Next Generation Shared Services
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.
NMO Non-Molestation Order
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 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)
NOMS National Offender Management Service Covers prisons and probation
NORB National Operations Readiness Board
NPS National Probation Service
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)
NSI Non Statutory Intervention
NVDA NonVisual Desktop Access Windows screen reader, like JAWS, but free.
NWOW New Ways Of Working
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 Legal Aid Agency's data warehouse solution.
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"
ODI Open Data Institute
offloc Offender Location report The old name for the Common Data Extract.
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.
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)
OM Offender Manager Probation
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
OMiC Offender Management in Custody
OMIS Overseas Market Introduction Service
OMNI Offender Management National Infrastructure A network used to access probation systems
OMS Other MOJ Suppliers
OMU Offender Management Unit
OPD Offender Personality Disorder
OPG Office of the Public Guardian
ORA Offender Rehabilitation Act
OS Offender Supervisor
OSAG Operational and System Assurance Group
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
P3T Personnel Physical Procedural Technical The areas of information assurance.
PAC Public Accounts Committee
PACE Police and Criminal Evidence Act
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 (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
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
PCI Payment Card Industry An industry standards body responsible for regulation of handling debit/credit cards.
PCOL Possession Claim Online
PCSO Police Community Support Officer
PDB Probation Delivery Board
pdr Matthew Coates mentioned this in Digital Services All-hands meeting.
PDS Public Defence Service
PEA Prisoner Earnings Act
PECS Prison Escort Custody Service
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 Person 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
PFD President of the Families Division
PFS Prisoner Facing Service A service that is provided to a Prisoner
PGA Prison Governors Association
PGD Prison Group Director
PGP Pretty Good Privacy A way of encrypting emails in such as way that only the intended recipient can read.
Phoenix Phoenix is the central Oracle system used for procurement, finance, and HR… stuff.
PI Probation Instruction
PIA Privacy Impact Assessment
PIMS Provider Interaction Management System
PIP Personal Independence Payment
PIPES Psychologically Informed Physical Environment Services
PMO Project Management Office Bit of organisation that sets standards for project management.
PMP Privately Managed Prisons
PMR Civil Servant performance reviews
PMU Population Management Unit
PMU Prison Management Unit
PNC Police National Computer
PO Prison Officer
PO Probation Officer Not to be confused with Prison Officer in much OM literature
POA Prison Officer Association
POELT Prison Officer Entry Level Training
POLAR Payment of Legal Aid Remuneration LAA app (Access database)
POM Prison Offender Manager The new Case Manager/Band 4 Prison Officer
POM Probation Offender Manager Probation Service Role in Prison
POPs Privately Operated Prisons
PPAS Prison & Probation Analytical Services Previously known as PAG (Performance & Analysis Group)
PPCS Public Protection Casework Section
PPD Project & Program Delivery
PPM Project & Program Management
PPO Prisons and Probation Ombudsman
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
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
PS Police Sergeant
PSD Personal and Social Development Refers to courses such as art courses, which seek to foster PSD
PSE Police Sergeant Employee
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
PSP Public Sector Prisons
PSP Public Social Partnership
PSU Personal Support Unit
PTTP Prison Technology Transformation Programme Laptops, mobile devices, applications, etc. for the whole of HMPPS. Replacement for Quantum. Programme commenced 2020.
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.
QAT Quality Assurance Testing
QUANTUM Prison Service IT System
R&D Research & Development
RACI Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, Informed "Accountable" is sometimes "Approved"
RAD Rapid Application Development
RAG Red, Amber, Green
RAID Risks, Issues, Assumptions and Dependencies
RAR Rehabilitation Activity Requirement
RBAC Role Based Access Control
RBCP Regional Business Change Partner
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!
RDR Resettlement Day Release Relates to RoTL (Release on Temporary Licence) documentation
Resettlement Also known as ‘Throughcare’ Preparing prisoners for release, including issues such as accommodation, benefits, etc
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
RIPA Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act
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
ROC Remuneration of Central Fund Costs LAA app
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'.
ROR Resettlement Overnight Release Relates to RoTL (Release on Temporary Licence) documentation
ROSH Risk of Serious Harm
ROTL Release on Temporary Licence
RPA Robotic Process Automation
RRDS Records Retention and Disposition Schedule
RSR Risk of Serious Recidivism Algorithmic predictor
RTM Requirements Traceability Matrix
S3 Simple Storage Service Amazon's data storage service
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
SAV Security Architecture Review A term used by IA (Information Assurance)
SBC Specification, Benchmarking and Costing
SC Security Check Level of Security Clearance
SCA Start Custody Assessments
SCC Specialist Computer Centres Providers of web hosting
SCU Separation & Care Unit Also / previously known as the Segregation Unit (Seg)
SDS Safe, Decent & Secure
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.
SID Self Inflicted Death
SIG Service Integration Group
SIM Service Incident and Management
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
SLA Service Level Agreement
SLC Student Loans Company
SME small and medium-sized enterprises Can also stand for subject matter expert.
SMS (in the Hub) Supplier Management System CWA (Contracted Work and Administration)'s Supplier (Legal Provider) data
SMT Senior Management Team
SO Supervising Officer
SOP Single Operating Platform
SoS Secretary of State Referring to the Justice Secretary, the minister who heads up the department.Not to be confused with the Morse code distress signal, SOS.
SPG Strategic Partner Gateway
SPIP Separated Parents Information Program Organises parent meetings with moderator.
SPO Senior Probation Officer
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
SR Service Release Used by nDelius application team to reference releases
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.
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.
SSG Small Systems Group App making people at ICT
SSOT Single Source Of Truth
SSP Shared Services Programme
SU Service User An offender in probation parlance
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.
TBD To Be Decided
TC Therapeutic Community
TCEP Transforming Compliance and Enforcement Project/Programme
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.
Throughcare Also known as 'Resettlement' Preparing prisoners for release, including issues such as accommodation, benefits, etc
TIL Today I Learned
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.
TNA The National Archives Can also mean something rude.
ToR Terms of reference Not to be confused with Glastonbury Tor.
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
TTP Technology Transition Programme Replacement for DOM1 and DISC IT programme.Move to MS Asure cloud based service, Office 365.
TVM Transaction Volume Model
TW3 The Way We Work
UAL Unlawfully At Large
UAT User Acceptance Test
UC Universal Credit
UI User Interface
UKTI UK Trade & Investment
UPW UnPaid Work
UX User Experience
VC The Virtual Campus
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.
VLE Virtual Learning Environments
VO Visiting Order Visiting credit for prisoners in the form of a reference number. Usually 2 a month.
VP Vulnerable Prisoner
VPS Virtual Private Server
VPU Vulnerable Prisoner Unit
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
WFH Work From Home
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. 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 Crown Court system of record (IT system) Stands for "Exchanging Hearing Information by Internet Technology". 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
YCS Youth Custody Service
YJAF Youth Justice Application Framework
YJB Youth Justice Board
YOS Youth Offending Service
YOT Youth Offending Team
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