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Community Justice Centres: Finance

Volume 501: debated on Thursday 26 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans his Department has for the future funding of community justice courts. (300251)

There are no plans for any future Community Justice Courts. The Green Paper “Engaging Communities in Criminal Justice” set out the Government's commitment to co-location of community justice teams in existing court buildings wherever possible and plans to develop a new model of community justice teams where co-location is not practicable. The consultation stage Impact Assessment, published alongside the Green Paper, set out early estimated costs of both approaches. The costs for the community justice teams in 30 local authority areas, updated in light of the consultation, is £1.05 million.

The teams will ensure that all the agencies in the local area work closely together to engage the community and provide problem-solving for offenders. The court will remain a vital part of this approach.