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Departmental Public Consultation

Volume 505: debated on Tuesday 2 February 2010

To ask the Solicitor-General how many citizens’ juries or summits have been hosted by the Law Officers’ Departments since October 2008; on what date each event took place; and which Ministers were present at each event. (314528)

The Crown Prosecution Service has two types of forums where citizens are present and are consulted on CPS policy and strategy developments:

The National Community Accountability Forum

There are 11 citizens on this forum. The forum was set up in April 2007 and usually meets quarterly. It has met on the following dates since October 2008:

22 October 2008;

21 January, 8 April, 30 September, 30 November 2009;

6 January 2010.

Community Involvement Panels

There are currently 11 local level Community Involvement Panels. The number of citizens on each of these panels vary between four and 30. The frequency of meetings held varies, but it is between two and three times per year. There is no centrally held information on the actual dates when meetings were held.

Ministers have not been present at any of the forum meetings.

No citizens’ juries or summits have been held by any of the remaining Law Officers’ Departments.