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 2017-22 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
- 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
- University of the West of Scotland
You can download a copy of our Community Justice Partnership Annual Report 2020-2021. The Community Justice Communication and Engagement Strategy 2022-2025 covers a three year period and sets out the partnership’s key communication messages as to how it will engage with local stakeholders, including those identified as the hardest to reach.