In the Media

New criminal justice board meets

PUBLISHED February 28, 2013

The Criminal Justice Board, chaired by the Minister of State for Policing and Criminal Justice, Damian Green, meets for the first time today.

The Board has been established to ensure a 'whole system' approach to tackling issues across the Criminal Justice System and overcoming operational barriers.

The Board aims to make the criminal justice system more effective and efficient so that it:

  • reduces crime
  • reduces reoffending
  • punishes offenders
  • protects the public
  • makes reparation
  • increases public confidence and
  • ensures that the system is fair and just

Justice Minister Damian Green said:

'Last week I set out my vision for reforming the criminal justice system ? I want to drive forward a more efficient and effective system that actually delivers justice for victims of crime.

'That is why today I am bringing together the new Criminal Justice Board for the first time which includes representatives from Policing, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Courts and, for victims, the Victims? Commissioner. These experts will help me identify exactly where the delays occur in the system and work with me to tackle these issues.'

The Board has wide representation from senior leaders across the justice system, including Ministers, Ministry of Justice, the Attorney General?s Office, Crown Prosecution Service, the Home Office, police representatives, the Victims' Commissioner. The Senior Presiding Judge will attend the Board meetings as an observer.

Read more about the Criminal Justice Board