About the workshop
The UK’s Transforming our Justice System agenda aims to create a just, proportionate and accessible system which delivers swift and certain justice. It builds on a huge amount of earlier work aimed at achieving better collaborative arrangements between the various agencies in the justice sector. Police, prosecutors, courts, prison and probation services now work together in ways unimaginable in the past in their ongoing efforts to reduce reoffending rates, use digital systems and improve public confidence in the criminal justice system at a time of dramatic change.
What the workshop will cover
The workshop will look at the role of the courts, prisons and probation services. It will explore practical strategies for improving collaborative working in the criminal justice system and the difficulties faced, overcome and still remaining. The workshop will:
• Examine how change occurs in the criminal justice sector and how citizens and politicians react to these changes
• Review progress to date in making the criminal justice sector work together more effectively
• Explore lessons from situations where barriers to effective partnership working have been overcome
• Analyse how the police do their job and ways in which society holds them accountable
• Discuss the challenges of juvenile crime and making arrangements to ensure justice for the most vulnerable in society
• Examine performance in courts can be enhanced and delays reduced
• Look at approaches to handling offenders in custody and in society
• Assist you in developing and introducing practical strategies for economic and sustainable criminal justice transformation in your own country.
How participants will benefit
The workshop will:
• Familiarise you with the responsibilities of the various agencies in the criminal justice system of England and Wales and how these are held accountable for their work
• Consider special arrangements made for the most vulnerable and the most dangerous in society
• Discuss the arrangements made to handle appeals and resolve potential miscarriages of justice
• Enable you to understand the possible barriers to information sharing and joint decision making and examine the strategies for overcoming such barriers
• Provide you with an opportunity to compare experiences
of reforming criminal justice in various countries
• Help you to identify practical ways of initiating sustainable change to enhance multi-agency working in the criminal justice sector on return to your own country.