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The Strategy for Justice in Scotland

The Strategy for Justice in Scotland

Thursday, September 13, 2012

ISBN: 9781780458908

The Justice Strategy sets out our shared vision and outcomes for justice in Scotland. It describes our distinctive, outcomes-focused and evidence-based approach. It sets out key evidence and explains how it has informed the strategic priorities. It sets out each of the priority areas and the programmes and activities that are addressing them. It concludes by describing how the strategy will be monitored and taken forward by leaders across the justice system.

Executive Summary

The Strategy for Justice in Scotland sets out our shared vision and outcomes for justice in Scotland and the strategic approach we are taking to achieve them.

'Justice' is defined broadly to encompass criminal, civil and administrative justice as well as community safety.

The strategy is primarily aimed at all those who work across this broad justice system, in the public, private and third sectors, to improve justice and community safety outcomes.

The strategy describes our distinctive, outcomes-focused and evidence-based approach to justice.

It demonstrates that this approach has succeeded in delivering significant progress to date, but recognises that there is much work still to be done.

It sets out key evidence and explains how it has informed the strategic priorities. (The supporting evidence paper provides further detail and references on the evidence base including the supporting equalities assessment.)

The strategy sets out the priority areas for action, and the programmes and activities that are addressing them.

It underlines the importance of collaborative working across the justice system, while respecting the necessary separation of powers among justice organisations.

It sets out how performance against the strategic outcomes will be monitored and concludes by describing how the strategy will be taken forward by leaders across the justice system.