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Redesigning the Community Justice System: Analysis of Consultation Responses

Redesigning the Community Justice System: Analysis of Consultation Responses

Friday, October 4, 2013

ISBN: 9781782569411

A written consultation was carried out by the Scottish Government on “Redesigning the Community Justice System” between 20 December 2012 and 30 April 2013. This document reports on the analysis of the responses to the consultation.

Executive Summary

There were 112 responses to the consultation. The most common category of respondent was local authorities (22%). Also common were responses from individuals (20%).

Three options were described in the consultation paper: an “enhanced Community Justice Authority (CJA) model” (Option A); a “local authority model” (Option B); and a “single service model” (Option C). The analysis found that where clear preferences could be identified, a very small number of respondents expressed a preference for Option A; a much larger number for Option B; and a small number for Option C. A number of respondents also provided alternative options.

Option B was identified most frequently as more likely to meet the key characteristics of a successful community justice system in all but 3 of the 15 characteristics highlighted in the consultation paper. In these 3 cases (a strong, united voice; an overview of the system as a whole; and ability to follow national and international innovation), Option C was identified most frequently.

A range of concerns with Option A were identified, including: problems with CJAs; bureaucracy, complexity and duplication; disconnection; weaknesses in performance management and accountability; resource implications; and a negative impact on practice and outcomes. Some positive aspects of Option A were also highlighted, including: strengthening the current model; and the positive role of CJAs to date.

A range of positive aspects of Option B were identified. Those highlighted most frequently related to: links to Community Planning Partnerships (CPPs); partnership working; meeting local needs; aspects of service effectiveness; and leadership, direction and accountability. The most common concerns expressed about Option B related to the impact of the option on the overall pattern of provision and consistency of service delivery.