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Swift and Sure - Reforming the Criminal Justice System


Wednesday 17th October 2012, 10.00am – 4:30pm

Central London



On average five months elapse between offence and sentence in a magistrates’ court. Too often the criminal justice system is viewed as complex and remote, with processes that seem obscure. The system is in need of modernisation. The current cost of the criminal justice system to the taxpayer is over £20bn each year with a large proportion of this money being spent processing offenders, rather than on early, targeted interventions which may help to prevent problems escalating.


Building on some of the lessons learned from the response to last year’s disturbances, Swift and Sure Justice: the Government’s Plans for Reform of the Criminal Justice System (July 2012) sets out a major programme of reforms to the criminal justice system in England and Wales. The White Paper outlines plans to modernise criminal justice services, speed up court cases, improve transparency so that the public can understand how the system works, and engage local communities in dealing with low-level offending.


The Government intends to reform criminal justice by creating a swift and sure system of justice and making it more transparent, accountable and responsive to local needs. Furthermore, the introduction of Police and Crime Commissioners following elections in November is another fundamental policy change which will make a contribution to delivering sure justice and bringing greater accountability to the way communities are policed.


As we embark on a crucial period for the policing and justice sector with the PCC elections due in November, this timely symposium offers an invaluable opportunity for local authorities, police and probation services, courts and tribunal services, and other key stakeholders to gain an insight into the proposed changes to the criminal justice system. The symposium will examine the roles and importance of local authorities and communities in ensuring swift and sure justice.


Delegates will:

  • Examine the impact of the proposed changes to the criminal justice system on professionals, local authorities and communities

  • Discuss how ‘swift and sure’ justice can be delivered through better partnership working

  • Explore the role of the PCCs and the IPCC in driving local accountability for policing and in ensuring transparency at all levels

  • Ensure local needs and priorities are met and discuss ways in which early intervention in communities can be enforced

Who Should Attend?

  • Police Service and Police Authorities

  • Probation Officers

  • Judges and Magistrates

  • Crown Prosecution Service

  • Criminal Justice Practitioners

  • Courts and Tribunal Service

  • Appeals Courts

  • Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships

  • Local Authority Officers and Councillors

  • Central Government and Agencies

  • Local Criminal Justice Boards

  • Prison and Probation Services

  • Regulatory Bodies and Electoral Commission

  • Neighbourhood Policing Teams

  • Anti-Social Behaviour Coordinators

  • Youth Offending Teams

  • Youth Justice Boards

  • Offender Management Services

  • Legal Advisers

  • Fraud Prevention Teams

  • Community Cohesion Officers

  • Community Engagement Officers

  • Community Relations Advisers

  • Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Teams

  • Hate Crime Units

  • Neighbourhood Renewal Teams

  • Social Inclusion Officers

  • Policy Officers

  • Equal Opportunities Officers

  • Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Practitioners

  • Faith Organisations

  • Charities, Social Enterprises and Cooperatives

  • Third Sector Practitioners

  • Trade Union Representatives

  • Academics, Analysts and Researchers



You can find out further information about this event and register at the Public Policy Exchange event webpage.