Community Justice Partnership


Community Justice deals with the situations people can face before and after the criminal justice process of arrest, trial and sentence – it concerns the issues facing potential offenders and ex-offenders and aims to help prevent crimes occurring in the first place or recurring after a sentence has been served.

The Scottish Government introduced the Community Justice (Scotland) Act 2016 following a consultation period on the Future Model of Community Justice in Scotland.

In accordance with the Act, a Community Justice Partnership was established in South Lanarkshire.  The Scottish Government’s vision is reflected in the South Lanarkshire Community Justice Outcome Improvement Plan 2017-2022 which has been developed with contributions from all partner agencies.


The remit of the Community Justice Partnership is to:

  • Prevent and reduce further offending by addressing its underlying causes;
  • Safely and effectively manage and support those who have committed offences help them reintegrate into the community and realise their potential for the benefit of all citizens;
  • Provide improved community understanding and participation;
  • Provide effective strategic planning and partnership working;
  • Provide effective use of evidence-based interventions; and
  • Provide equal access to services.


The Partnership meets quarterly and membership consists of:

  • South Lanarkshire Council;
  • South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership;
  • Police Scotland;
  • Scottish Fire and Rescue Service;
  • NHS Lanarkshire;
  • Scottish Prison Service;
  • Procurator Fiscal's Office;
  • Sheriff Clerk's Office;
  • South Lanarkshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership;
  • Skills Development Scotland;
  • Victim Support;
  • VASLan; and
  • University of the West of Scotland.


Key Documents:


South Lanarkshire Community Justice Partnership held their Annual Conference in Rutherglen Town Hall on Tuesday 29 October 2019.  A copy of the presentations from the conference is available to view below:

Annual Conference Presentations

Further information on Justice Services can be found here.