The purpose of a Local Criminal Justice Board is to work in partnership across agencies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Criminal Justice System and to improve the experience of the victims of and witnesses to crime.
What is the Devon and Cornwall Local Criminal Justice Board?
The Devon and Cornwall Local Criminal Justice Board (LCJB) was established in April 2003. It brings together the Chief Executive Officers of the key agencies involved in the criminal justice system across Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
The Board is currently chaired by Alison Hernandez, the police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall. Alison took over the chair from Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer in January 2018.
The agencies that make up Devon and Cornwall LCJB are;
- The Office for the Police and Crime Commissioner
- Devon & Cornwall Police
- Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)
- Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service, Devon & Cornwall area (HMCTS)
- The Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC)
- The National Probation Service (NPS)
- A representative of the 3 prisons across Devon and Cornwall (Exeter, Channing’s wood and Dartmoor)
- A representative of the Youth Offending Teams (Cornwall, Devon, Plymouth & Torbay)
- In addition, to the main criminal justice agencies, we have representation from;
- The Legal Aid Agency and Defence Community
- NHS Mental Health Commissioners
- The Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector (VCSE)
Our areas of focus
The remit of the LCJB is wide and varied, we cover all aspects of criminal justice from investigation to rehabilitation. Some of business is directed by central government, others are grown from local need. All of our work involves at least two of three criminal justice agencies. Currently, there are two areas of business which are main our focus;
- Reducing offending and putting in place solutions to assist those at risk of offending
- Improving the experience of people with mental health issues who come into contact with the criminal justice system
To address these challenges we have a number of multi-agency work groups, chaired by Board members or other Senior Managers who show great commitment to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the criminal justice system.
Alongside these two important areas of business is a drive to increase efficiency through the use of technology, improve the service we provide to victims and witnesses and bring about change to ensure the communities of Devon and Cornwall have a fair and robust criminal justice system.