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Working Together

The Criminal Justice System involves many agencies working together to ensure that our country is a safe place to live. These agencies include the Police, The Crown Prosecution Service, Prison Service, Probation Service, Magistrates Courts, Crown Courts and many others. For more information about the Criminal Justice System visit the GOV.UK website’s Crime and Justice page .

The Criminal Justice System

The CPS works in partnership with the police, courts, the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice and other agencies throughout the Criminal Justice System.

For comprehensive information about the Criminal Justice System (CJS) please visit the GOV.UK website’s Crime and Justice page .

Others in the Criminal Justice System

The Law Officers

The Attorney General fulfils the role of chief legal adviser to the government and superintends the principal prosecuting authorities within England and Wales. These are the Crown Prosecution Service and the Serious Fraud Office. The Attorney General also has overall responsibility for the Treasury Solicitor’s Department, the National Fraud Authority and Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate, and fulfils a number of independent public interest functions. The Attorney General for England and Wales also holds the office of Advocate General for Northern Ireland. For more information about the Law Officers go to www.gov.uk/government/organisations/attorney-generals-office .

The Ministry of Justice

The Ministry of Justice has responsibility for different parts of the justice system – the courts, prisons, probation services and attendance centres. Its work spans criminal, civil and family justice, democracy, rights and the constitution. For more information about the Ministry of Justice, go to www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

The Home Office

The Home Office is the lead government department for immigration and passports, drugs policy, crime, counter-terrorism and police. For more information about the Home Office go to www.gov.uk/government/organisations/home-office .

The Serious Fraud Office

The Serious Fraud Office prosecutes serious or complex fraud, and corruption. For more information about the Serious Fraud Office go to www.sfo.gov.uk .

The Courts

Provide administration of the civil, family and criminal courts in England and Wales.

Advocates representing the CPS prosecute the majority of the criminal cases that are heard within the magistrates’ courts and the Crown Courts. Magistrates’ courts deal with the less serious criminal offences. Youth courts are special magistrates’ courts which deal with all but the most serious charges against people aged between 10 (the age of criminal responsibility) and under 18. Crown Courts deal with the most serious offences, which are triable by judge and jury. For more information about the courts go to www.justice.gov.uk/about/hmcts .

The Police

There are 43 police forces across England and Wales responsible for the investigation of crime, collection of evidence and the arrest or detention of suspected offenders. Once a suspect is held, in minor cases the police decide whether to caution them, take no further action, issue a fixed penalty notice or refer to the CPS for a conditional caution, or in the more serious cases, send the papers to the CPS to decide upon prosecution. For more information, go to your local police force website through the Police Services Portal at www.police.uk .

The National Offender Management Service (NOMS)

The National Offender Management Service provides administration of correctional services in England and Wales through Her Majesty’s Prison Service and the Probation Service. Prison and probation services ensure the sentences of the courts are properly carried out and work with offenders to tackle the causes of their offending behaviour – www.justice.gov.uk/about/noms .

Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI)

HMCPSI is an independent organisation that inspects and reports on the operations of The Crown Prosecution Service. For more information go to www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmcpsi/ .


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Divorce Forms

The New York State Unified Court System offers free instruction booklets and forms for people starting a divorce.

Before you use the booklets and forms. we strongly suggest that you give serious thought to using a lawyer for your divorce, even if you believe that your divorce will be uncontested (i.e. your spouse will not oppose the divorce in any way). There can be a lot more to think about than just ending the marriage and filling out court papers. (For example, there may be property to divide between you and your spouse. or you may need an Order of Protection and/or child support and other financial support, among other things.)

If you are unsure how to find a lawyer, these resources can help you:

  • Call the New York State Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service (toll free) at 1-800-342-3661;
  • Go to lawhelp.org if you cannot afford a lawyer;
  • Visit the court system’s courthelp website;
  • Contact your local bar association for a referral;
  • If you live in the New York City area, go to the Collaborative Family Law Center to learn if you may be eligible for reduced-fee or free collaborative law services through a court-sponsored pilot program.
  • Ask at any courthouse about lawyer referral services.

Please read the instructions below that fit your situation
BEFORE filling out the forms.

Official Statewide Forms

  • For attorneys and self-represented litigants
  • Valid throughout New York State
  • Required by Court Rules
  • * OmniForms only work in Internet Explorer.
  • ** Fillable PDF Forms do not work in FireFox

IMPORTANT. You can use either the Adobe Acrobat or Foxit Reader to fill out the application. To save data entered in your form, you must use the FREE Foxit Reader or Foxit Phantom (paid product).

Using Foxit Reader* (a free easy to download Reader):
First, download and save the application to your local computer. Next, install Foxit, using these instructions.
*You must use Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Browser when working with Foxit.

Optional Attorney and Self-Represented Forms

  • Used to ask the court for relief
  • Confirm that these forms are valid in your county

Affidavit in Support of Motion for Contempt

Affirmation of Counsel Regarding Forensic Reports

Contempt of Court

Affidavit in Support of Motion for Money Judgment

Order to Show Cause for Money Judgment

Order to Show Cause for Temporary Relief

Affidavit in Support of Motion for Temporary Relief

Affidavit in Support of Order to Show Cause to Vacate Default Judgment