The Essex Criminal Justice Board sits at the centre of the Criminal Justice System in the county and aims to make sure Essex remains one of the safest counties in England and Wales for those who live, work and visit here.
The Criminal Justice Board brings together in partnership the chief officers from each of the core Criminal Justice Agencies and has responsibility for overseeing and delivering criminal justice services across the county. It covers the administrative areas of Essex County Council and the unitary authorities of Southend and Thurrock.
Core Justice Agencies in Essex include Essex Police, the Crown Prosecution Service, Her Majesty's Courts Service, Essex Probation and Her Majesty's Prison Service.
Information about these agencies can be found using the links below or on the gov.uk website using the link to local crime and justice.
Information on crime and criminal justice related issues used to be available on the Essex Criminal Justice Board's website but can now be found on the gov.uk website too.
The gov.uk website has information about the police including your rights if arrested, types of crime, crime prevention; reporting crime and anti-social behaviour, going to court (including serving as a juror), help for victims and witnesses, sentencing, prison and probation; crime statistics; the judicial system and counter terrorism.
Crown Prosecution Service
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is the principal prosecuting agency in England and Wales. It provides charging advice to the police and prosecutes cases in magistrates' and crown courts.
To find out more about how the CPS works, and for the latest news on successful prosecutions in Essex, visit its website.
Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunal Service
HM Courts & Tribunals Service is an agency of the Ministry of Justice. It uniquely operates as a partnership between the Lord Chancellor, the Lord Chief Justice and the Senior President of Tribunals as set out in our Framework Document.
The agency is responsible for the administration of the criminal, civil and family courts and tribunals in England and Wales and non-devolved tribunals in Scotland and Northern Ireland. It provides for a fair, efficient and effective justice system delivered by an independent judiciary.
To find out more about HMCS visit its website.
Essex Community Rehabilitation Company
The Essex Community Rehabilitation Company makes communities safer by the effective and professional management of offenders – controlling and changing their behaviour. Our organisation is nationally valued as an innovative and effective provider of services to make communities safer by providing a range of services that reduce re-offending.
Her Majesty's Prison Service
Her Majesty’s Prison Service is responsible for holding prisoners HM Prison Servicesecurely, either while on remand before conviction, or following sentence.
In addition to protecting the public by holding prisoners securely, HMPS is charged with reducing the risk of prisoners re-offending by delivering a range of interventions and programmes to address the issues that contribute to their offending behaviour.
To find out more about the work of Her Majesty’s Prison Service visit its website.
Youth Offending Teams
Youth Offending Teams (YOTs) are multi-agency partnerships aiming to prevent offending by children and young people. This is achieved by working together with young people, their parents or carers, the victims of crime and other agencies or organisations, including the local community.
In Essex there are Youth Offending Teams covering the Essex County Council area and information on their work can be found at http://www.essex.gov.uk/, for Southend at www.southend.gov.uk and for Thurrock at https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/.
Victim Support is an independent charity that aims to help all victims and witnesses of crime. Its services are free of charge and completely confidential.
Victim Support works closely with the Police and other criminal justice agencies, working on referrals from them, but you can contact Victim Support for help if you’ve been a victim of a crime, even if the crime has not been reported to the police.
Victim Support also runs the Witness Service in every criminal court, to help people who have been called as witnesses.
To find out more about the work of Victim Support, or to volunteer with them, visit the charity's website.
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) aims to end cruelty to children in the UK by: campaigning NSPCCfor children’s rights and welfare; raising public awareness around issues relating to child abuse; running services for children, young people and their families; raising funds to maintain these services.
The NSPCC accepts referrals from criminal justice agencies to support young victims of crime who are required to give evidence in courts. To find out more visit the NSPCC's website.
Legal Aid Agency
The Legal Aid Agency provides civil and criminal legal aid and advice in England and Wales. Each year they help more than 2 million people to deal with their legal problems.
Community Safety Partnerships
Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) are statutory bodies bringing together representatives of local authorities, the emergency services, health authorities, housing associations and other statutory and voluntary organisations to address crime and anti-social behaviour in your local community.
In the administrative areas covered Essex County Council there are 12 Community Safety Partnerships:
Castle Point: www.castlepoint.gov.uk
Epping Forest: www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk
There are also Community Safety Partnerships in both the unitary authority areas of Southend and Thurrock: