Making Justice work in Wales

The Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee is conducting an inquiry on Making Justice work in Wales.


On 24 October 2019 the Commission on Justice in Wales published a report entitled ‘Justice in Wales for the people of Wales’ (pdf 6MB). The Commission made recommendations that fall specifically to the Senedd, including that it should be more proactive in scrutinising how the justice system operates, and monitoring and reviewing progress on justice reform.

The Committee intends to carry out its inquiry in two parts, and has agreed the following terms of reference:


Part 1 – Fact finding and looking forward 

  • To identify and map the Senedd and Welsh Government’s existing responsibilities and functions relating to the scrutiny of justice matters;
  • To identify and review the current funding arrangements for justice matters already within the responsibility of the Senedd and Welsh Government;
  • To consider the existing operation of justice functions in Wales, including Welsh Government policies in devolved areas and their interaction with the administration of justice;
  • To consider the impact of relationships between UK and Welsh competence on specific justice matters and to identify areas of concern;
  • To consider how the Senedd could have a more proactive role in the scrutiny of justice, including how justice bodies could engage with the Senedd.


Part 2 – Analysis of how the justice system could operate more effectively in Wales

  • Using results of Part 1, to explore any areas of concern in the balance of justice powers and accordingly whether a more coherent and joined up approach to justice policy could be achieved; 
  • To consider the implications, consequences and practicalities of any potential justice devolution;
  • To learns lessons on the approach to scrutiny of justice from UK and other legislatures.

Business type: Committee Inquiry

Reason considered: Assembly Business;

Status: For consideration

First published: 10/03/2020





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