Criminal Justice System Strategic Plan 2008-2011

Summary of CJS Strategic Plan 2008-2011

Strategic Plan Equality Impact Assessment

Aims and Objectives

The purpose of the Criminal Justice System (CJS) is to deliver justice for all, by convicting and punishing the guilty and helping them to stop offending, while protecting the innocent. It is responsible for detecting crime and bringing it to justice; and carrying out the orders of court, such as collecting fines, and supervising community and custodial punishment.

The key goals for the CJS are:

  • To improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the CJS in bringing offences to justice;
  • To increase public confidence in the fairness and effectiveness of the CJS;
  • To increase victim satisfaction with the police, and victim and witness satisfaction with the CJS;
  • To consistently collect, analyse and use good quality ethnicity data to identify and address race disproportionality in the CJS; and
  • To increase the recovery of criminal assets by recovering £250m of assets acquired through crime by 2009-10.

Working together to cut crime and deliver justice

The Criminal Justice Strategic Plan 2008-2011 sets out how the agencies of the Criminal Justice System (CJS) in England and Wales will work together to deliver a justice system which:

  • Is effective in bringing offences to justice, especially serious offences;
  • Engages the public and inspires confidence;
  • Puts the needs of victims at its heart; and has
  • Simple and efficient processes.