What is a Police “No File Decision” (NFD)?
Since its inception in 2005, the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) has received files from us, containing a recommendation as to whether or not we believe the case should be prosecuted.
The basis on which we previously operated is to submit a file where evidence exists, however weak, that an identifiable person has committed a criminal offence.
Moving forward, we will make the decision, after all reasonable lines of enquiry have been pursued, not to submit a file if the recommendation would be not to prosecute.
This means that investigations that meet the criteria for a “no file decision” will be assessed by an officer of Inspector rank or above to deem if the evidence meets the “evidential test”. If this evidence does not meet the test then we will close the investigation and make contact directly with the reporting person.