Have your say on the Criminal Justice System in Hertfordshire
Residents can have their say on how their criminal justice system is run when its leaders hold a public board meeting next month.
The Hertfordshire Criminal Justice Board will be taking questions from the public and discussing issues including how victims are being treated.
The Board is made up of key agencies and individuals within the local Hertfordshire criminal justice system, including the Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd and Chief Constable Charlie Hall plus prosecution, prison and probation leaders.
It will be held at Welwyn Civic Centre, in Prospect Place, Welwyn on Monday June 17th from 1pm to 4pm and refreshments will be available.
Chair of the Board Mr Lloyd said: “The board and I always strive to create stronger public focus and engagement in the work that I carry out on behalf of the residents of Hertfordshire.

“My responsibilities do not just concern policing but also ensuring there is an efficient and effective strategy to cut crime in Hertfordshire. How criminal justice is delivered is a key part in this – to make sure victims are represented and offenders are punished.
“We are holding one of our board meetings in public to give the opportunity for those with concerns or ideas to come along and make themselves heard by the decision makers.
“Partnership working and getting all the bodies responsible for justice to be integrated behind a common policy is key to improving the service in Hertfordshire.
“I have always put the public at the heart of everything that I do and a key part of making improvements is hearing about peoples’ experiences. I hope they will take the time to come and tell us and listen to what the Board is aiming to achieve.
There will be 100 tickets available on a first come first served basis and they free and are available from this link on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hertfordshire-criminal-justice-board-meeting-in-public-tickets-62051232908?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
If you want to ask a question to the Board, please submit it by email to your.views@herts.pcc.pnn.gov.uk by the 10th June 2019.
This is the second year a Board meeting will be held in public after 70 members of the public attended the inaugural one at St Albans City and District offices last July.
Topics discussed then included the victim’s experience of the criminal justice system and ways their journey could be improved.
There were also a number of presentations from member agencies that set the scene locally and nationally around the criminal justice system and gave a flavour of the roles and different agencies involved, as well as some of the challenges and opportunities to improve the system for all those who come into contact with it.

Please visit www.hertscommissioner.org/herts-cjb for more details about the Board's work.
Local Criminal Justice Boards were introduced by the government in 2003 to improve the delivery of justice, secure better outcomes for victims and witnesses, and increase public confidence in the system.
Hertfordshire Criminal Justice Board (HCJB) is a partnership of agencies working achieve these aims. We want to create the best environment for victims and witnesses, whether that is improving opportunities for reporting crime, for providing support or making sure the court process is effective at holding offenders to account.
The Board is made up of key agencies and individuals within the local Hertfordshire criminal justice system.
The Board comprises Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd, Hertfordshire Constabulary, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Service (HMCTS), Judiciary, Her Majesty’s Prison Service (HMPS), HM Coroner, National Probation Service (NPS), Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) Sodexo, the Youth Offending Service, NHS England, Legal Aid Agency, Local Authorities, Witness Service, Citizens Advice and an Independent Member
The seven priority areas set out below were agreed at the Annual Planning Day in January 2017 and ratified at the HCJB meeting in June 2017.

In line with the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act, the priorities take account of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan: Everybody’s Business (2017-2022), agencies own priorities and new legislative requirements. 

The seven priority areas are as follows:
Priority 1: Reducing Crime
Priority 2: Criminal Justice System Efficiency: Delivery of Justice
Priority 3: Supporting Victims and Witnesses
Priority 4: Innovation and Digital CJS Efficiency
Priority 5: Early intervention
Priority 6: Rehabilitation of Offenders in the Community
Priority 7: Communications