Criminal Justice Board

The Criminal Justice Board brings together senior leaders from across the Criminal Justice System. The Board promotes a joined-up collaborative approach driving forward work to address challenges facing the system, as well as maintaining oversight of the criminal justice process. The Board works to set cross-system priorities and ensure these are understood and implemented.

About the board

The Criminal Justice Board is chaired by the Lord Chancellor and is attended by senior leaders from across the sector. Each Board member has responsibility for representing their own agencies.

There are 2 sub-groups to the Criminal Justice Board.

The Criminal Justice Board is supported at the local level by Local Criminal Justice Boards.

Minutes of Board meetings will be regularly uploaded to this web page.

Membership

  • Lord Chancellor & Secretary of State for Justice (The Right Honourable Robert Buckland MP)
  • Secretary of State for the Home Department (The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP)
  • Attorney General (The Rt Hon Geoffrey Cox QC MP)
  • President of the Queen’s Bench Division (Dame Victoria Sharp DBE)
  • Senior Presiding Judge (Lady Justice Macur)
  • Chair, National Police Chief’s Council (Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt)
  • Chair of the Youth Justice Board (Charlie Taylor)
  • Director of Public Prosecutions (Max Hill QC)
  • Police and Crime Commissioner Representative (new representative to be confirmed)
  • Director General Justice and Courts Policy Group, Ministry of Justice (Mark Sweeney)
  • CEO HM Prisons and Probation Service (Jo Farrar)
  • CEO HM Courts & Tribunals Service (Susan-Acland Hood)
  • Director General Crime & Policing Group, Home Office (Scott McPherson)
  • Commissioner, Metropolitan Police (Cressida Dick)
  • Victims’ Commissioner (Dame Vera Baird)
  • Director General of the National Crime Agency (Lynne Owens)

Invitees

  • Chair of the Bar Council (Richard Atkins QC)
  • Law Society Justice lead (Richard Miller)

Sub groups

Sexual offences

The Sexual Offences Sub-Group brings together senior leaders from across the Criminal Justice System to promote a collaborative approach to address changes in outcomes for complainants of adult rape and serious sexual violence cases in England and Wales.

The Sub-Group will agree scope and methodology for the end-to-end review of the CJS response to rape, as well as providing ongoing guidance and input into the review process and any emerging findings.

Disclosure

The Disclosure Sub-Group will assist the Criminal Justice Board (CJB) to oversee material improvements in the disclosure of unused material in criminal investigations and proceedings.

The Sub-Group will achieve this aim by overseeing the implementation of recommendations arising from the Attorney General’s review of disclosure, and any other actions to improve disclosure assigned to the group by the CJB.

Local Criminal Justice Boards

The Criminal Justice Board model is replicated in many local areas. These local Criminal Justice Boards operate across England and Wales, usually organised around police forces areas. Local Boards are often chaired by the local Police and Crime Commissioner or Chief Constable.

Wales also has the All Wales Criminal Justice Board, which brings together the local boards across Wales.

Contact

To contact the Criminal Justice Board or either of the sub-groups please email the CJB Secretariat at criminaljusticeboard@justice.gov.uk .

Minutes

The Criminal Justice Board minutes – 3 July 2019 (PDF, 497KB, 2 pages)

The Criminal Justice Board minutes – 15 May 2019 (PDF, 209KB, 2 pages)

The Criminal Justice Board minutes – 06 February 2019 (PDF, 465KB, 4 pages)

The Criminal Justice Board minutes – 5 July 2018 (PDF, 282KB, 5 pages)

The Criminal Justice Board minutes – 30 April 2018 (PDF, 145KB, 4 pages)

The Criminal Justice Board minutes – 30 November 2017 (PDF, 363KB, 4 pages)

The Criminal Justice Board minutes - 10 July 2017 (PDF, 504KB, 4 pages)

The Criminal Justice Board minutes - 8 February 2017 (PDF, 372KB, 4 pages)

The Criminal Justice Board minutes – 15 December 2016 (PDF, 312KB, 4 pages)

The Criminal Justice Board minutes - 10 October 2016 (PDF, 311KB, 4 pages)

The Criminal Justice Board minutes – 25 April 2016 (PDF, 316KB, 4 pages)

The Criminal Justice Board minutes – 9 March 2016 (PDF, 407KB, 4 pages)

The Criminal Justice Board minutes – 28 January 2016 (PDF, 49.5KB, 4 pages)

The Criminal Justice Board minutes – 26 October 2015 (PDF, 124KB, 6 pages)

The Criminal Justice Board minutes – 14 December 2015 (PDF, 121KB, 4 pages)