The Merseyside Criminal Justice Board brings criminal justice agencies together to join up processes to reduce crime and re-offending and focus on the needs of victims and witnesses.
Take a look at some of the key achievements of the Board in 2014/15:
- Implementation of the Ministry of Justice’s inter-agency Sexual Harm Reduction Group to better meet the needs of victims of sexual offences.
- Successfully implemented the Criminal Justice Efficiency Programme which includes:
- Introducing WiFi in courts to ensure swift access to prosecutor and defence home systems and speedily share information to help reduce delays in court
- Developing the Case Management Store within the courts so that files are not misplaced and are easily retrievable.
- Piloting the use of tablet computers by juries in crown court cases.
- Implementing ‘Livelinks’ to enable officers and eventually civilian witnesses to provide evidence locally rather than at court. This saves police time and increases witness confidence in giving evidence.
- Implementing police led prosecutions for traffic offences.
- Implementing centralised weekend and remand courts thereby saving money.
- Completed the Section 28 pilot to support vulnerable witnesses providing them with an opportunity to be cross examined on video and thereby reducing the need for such witnesses to attend court and making the process less stressful.
- Further reduced the number of first time entrants into the criminal justice system on Merseyside.
- Reduced the detention of young people in police premises by developing a protocol between Merseyside Police and local authorities.
- Put into place a protocol to effectively reduce the criminalisation of Looked After Children.
- Developed Operation Highpoint to proactively address the damaging behaviours of repeat and serial Domestic Abuse perpetrators.
- Met with key stakeholders to develop a plan to address Harmful Practices on Merseyside and support victims.
- Carried out extensive work on a hate crime strategy launched in August 2014.