Westminster Legal Policy Forum

Next steps for the devolution of criminal justice

Tuesday, 21st March 2017

Central Manchester


Bringing together national and regional stakeholders with policymakers, this seminar will focus on the next steps for the devolution of the criminal justice system (CJS) in England and Wales.

The discussion comes in the context of Greater Manchester’s recently agreed devolution deal on localising key criminal justice powers - which is excepted to come into force in April 2017 - and will bring out latest thinking on how devolution is likely to impact on the future structure and funding of the CJS nationally. It also follows the Public Accounts Committee’s report on Efficiency in the criminal justice system, which raised concerns around accountability, resource pressures and complexity amid Government’s reforms.

Sessions will focus on the key challenges presented by CJS devolution, including how localised powers and funding streams can be utilised to tackle re-offending and drive efficiency in the provision of services, whilst also maintaining standards and accountability for victims and local communities. The agenda will also look at opportunities for service transformation and the development of new partnerships - with perspectives from courts services, prisons, probation, policing and youth justice services - as well as how devolution will impact on stakeholders beyond the CJS, including those working in housing, skills and health sectors.

Guest of Honour

Tony Lloyd

Interim Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester

Guest of Honour

Tony Lloyd

Interim Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester


Liz Saville-Roberts MP

Plaid Cymru Shadow Spokesperson for Home Affairs


Professor Chris Fox

Director, Policy Evaluation and Research Unit, Manchester Metropolitan University

Malcolm Richardson

Chairman, Magistrates’ Association

Ian Lawrence

General Secretary, Napo

Ellen Miller

Victim Services Director, Victim Support

Dafydd Llywelyn

Police and Crime Commissioner, Dyfed-Powys

David Lavery

Director, Access to Justice, Department of Justice, Northern Ireland Executive

Councillor Stan Shreeve

Chairman, Safer and Stronger Communities Scrutiny Panel and Councillor for the Humberston and New Waltham Ward, North East Lincolnshire Council

Jason Mansell

Director, Offender Learning and Skills Service (OLASS), Milton Keynes College

Rob England

Operations Manager, Health Lead, Gloucestershire Youth Support Team

Claire Dhami

Lead, Offending, Criminal Justice and the Devolution of Justice, West Midlands Combined Authority

Lesley Tregear

Youth Justice Service Manager, Warwickshire County Council and Chair, Association of Youth Offending Team Managers