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Making Justice work in Wales

Purpose of the consultation

The Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee is conducting an inquiry on Making Justice work in Wales. The Committee intends to carry out its inquiry in two parts and would welcome views relevant to the following terms of reference:


Part 1 – Fact finding and looking forward 

  • To identify and map the Assembly 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 Assembly 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 Assembly could have a more proactive role in the scrutiny of justice, including how justice bodies could engage with the Assembly.


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.


Contributions to the inquiry would be welcome by 4 June 2020.


Providing Written Evidence

The National Assembly for Wales has two official languages, Welsh and English.

In line with the Assembly’s Official Languages Scheme, the Committee requests that documents or written responses to consultations intended for publication or use in National Assembly proceedings are submitted bilingually. When documents or written responses are not submitted bilingually, we will publish in the language submitted, stating that it has been received in that language only.

We expect other organisations to implement their own standards or schemes and to comply with their statutory obligation.

Please see guidance for those providing evidence for committees.


Disclosure of information

Please ensure that you have considered the Assembly’s policy on disclosure of information before submitting information to the Committee.

Contact details

Should you wish to speak to someone regarding this consultation, please use the below contact details:

Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee
National Assembly for Wales
Pierhead Street
CF99 1NA

Email: SeneddLJC@Assembly.Wales
Telephone: 0300 200 6565



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