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Enhancing the efficiency of Scotland's justice system

We need to ensure that all justice organisations are operating effectively and that the working relationships and interactions between these bodies are strong and well organised.

Securing efficiency savings is essential in the current financial climate but we must balance this with ensuring that Scotland’s justice system is fair and accessible.


To make Scotland’s justice system as efficient as possible we are:


A 2011 report by the Christie Commission made it clear that there is a pressing need for reform of public service delivery.

The Strategy for Justice in Scotland sets out our approach to make the Scottish justice system fit for the 21st century. It recognises the importance of partnership working and the need to deliver sustainable cost savings across the whole justice system.

Our Making Justice Work programme is leading much of the work to improve efficiency across Scotland’s justice system and is a collaboration between the Scottish Government, Scottish Court Service, the Crown Office, Scottish Legal Aid Board, police and other justice organisations. The programme has been running for over 2 years and is delivering an estimated £10 million of time and cash savings annually.

How Scotland is performing

Scotland Performs measures and reports on the progress of government in Scotland. The National Outcomes describe what we want to achieve over the next 10 years.

National Outcome: Our public services are high quality, continually improving, efficient and responsive to local people’s needs

Justice Outcomes