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Justice streamlined ? but 175 new offences in government?s first year

PUBLISHED December 9, 2011

The Ministry of Justice insists it is making progress in streamlining the criminal justice system despite adding 175 new offences during its first year in office.

In total the fledgling government department passed 33 new pieces of legislation in England and Wales in the 12 months ending May 2011. That was a significant reduction on the 92 statutes yielding 712 new criminal offences the previous year.

A MoJ spokesman said: 'We want to see greater transparency across the criminal justice system and stop the creation of unnecessary new criminal offences.

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