Local Criminal Justice Boards (LCJBs) were introduced by the government in 2003 to drive collaborative improvements across the criminal justice system and improve public confidence. In March 2023, further national guidance was published, emphasising the role of the LCJB in supporting the statutory duty of Police and Crime Commissioners and criminal justice agencies to work together to provide an efficient and effective criminal justice system.
The Hertfordshire Criminal Justice Board (HCJB) is a partnership of agencies working towards this goal.
The Board's four priorities are informed by the Police and Crime Commissioner's Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan 2022-2027.
Priority 1: Putting Victims at the Centre – Preventing harm through improved support for victims and witnesses at each stage of the journey
Priority 2: Preventing re-offending – Promoting resettlement and rehabilitation of offenders to reduce recidivism
Priority 3: Keeping crime low – Reducing crime through early intervention
Priority 4: Fairness & Legitimacy – Increasing trust, improving efficiency, and addressing fairness in the CJS
Delivery of these priorities is underpinned by the following guiding principles:
Evidence led and data driven
Collaboration and partnership working
Whole systems approach
Shared problem solving
Sharing of knowledge
Hearing the lived experience of those using the criminal justice system
The Board's activities are supported by the Programme and Performance Monitoring Group (PPMG) and thematic subgroups. To find out more about the roles of these groups, please see the Hertfordshire Criminal Justice Board Strategy 2022-2025 below.
The HCJB and its subgroups meet once a quarter. HCJB meetings are minuted and these minutes are publicly available below.
The Board periodically holds meetings in public, providing an opportunity for the general public to observe and put questions to members of the Board. The date of the next public meeting will be advertised here and in the local press once confirmed.
You can find out more information about the criminal justice system on gov.uk, this includes information about:
Your rights and legal support
What to expect at court and the different types of court
Compensation and victim support
Prisons and support for families of prisoners
If you or someone you know requires support attending a criminal justice court as a victim or witness, free and independent support is available from the Citizen Advice Witness Service. Please see their website for more information and their referral form.
The Ministry of Justice has created a series of videos to provide general information for those attending court as a witness - you can view these here.
Recovering from crime
If you have been a victim of crime and would like to find out more about the support available, the Beacon team is here to help. Visit the website or call 03000 11 55 55.