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This White Paper sets out the Government’s programme of reforms to the criminal justice system in England and Wales. It forms part of the Government’s much wider programme of reform across crime and justice.

The reforms in this White Paper focus on the points where work passes between criminal justice agencies and are designed to enable them to work together more efficiently and effectively to deliver services which are:

Swift: so that the low level, straightforward and uncontested cases are dealt with promptly and efficiently; and

Sure: so that the system can be relied upon to deliver punishment and redress fairly and in accordance with the law and public expectation. 

Click here to view the Swift and Sure Justice White Paper

The Government is inviting your feedback

This White Paper sets out the recent progress that has been made by policy makers and practitioners in reforming the criminal justice system and plans for the next twelve months.

Some aspects of the reform programme are at an early stage of development, including their proposals to:

  • Empower a lay magistrate to deal with certain uncontested, low-level cases on his or her own;
  • Introduce a monetary threshold for the either way offences of theft and handling stolen goods below which magistrates would not have the power to commit the case for trial at the Crown Court, but the defendant’s right to elect for trial by jury would remain unchanged; and
  • Consider reform of the legislation relating to the use of video links in criminal proceedings.

The Government will continue to develop these plans and will announce any proposals for reform in due course. In the meantime, the Government would welcome your views or suggestions on the reform programme generally, and on these three specific proposals, which can be sent to them at:

Criminal Justice Reform, Post Point 8.02, Ministry of Justice, London, SW1H 9AJ

Or emailed at this link

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