The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and Welsh Government (WG) are pleased to publish a concordat on the working arrangements between the two organisations. The Concordat, agreed between Ministers and officials of MOJ) and WG, sets out good practice for working relationships between MOJ and WG.
The Concordat represents an important step forward for improved working practices, intergovernmental relations, and justice outcomes for both administrations.
The agreement of this Concordat is recognised by MOJ and WG as one of a number of practical steps currently being implemented to improve the delivery of Justice for the people of Wales.
Crucially, but not singly, the Concordat seeks to ensure that:
- MOJ considers the interests and responsibilities of WG when designing and implementing UK Justice policy and activities likely to have an impact in Wales
- WG considers the interests and responsibilities of the Ministry of Justice when exercising devolved functions
- there is clarity and accountability, enabling productive working relationships and improving outcomes for English and Welsh Justice
The Concordat will be treated as a working guidance document, which should respond and adapt to the changing landscape of justice policy, legislation and international factors affecting WG and the UK Government.
As the National Assembly for Wales continues to legislate on devolved matters, it will be increasingly important to observe these standards of best practice to ensure the integrity and operational effectiveness of the justice system in Wales.