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Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 8th December 2020.

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Photo of David Johnston David Johnston Conservative, Wantage

What steps his Department is taking to introduce problem-solving courts.

Photo of Chris Philp Chris Philp The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Problem-solving courts, which strengthen the judicial involvement in the oversight of sentences being served in the community, will provide a way to closely manage and rehabilitate those offenders who are frequently both prolific and vulnerable. The MoJ are committed to piloting Problem Solving Courts in up to five locations in the Sentencing White Paper, published 16 September. We will be taking forward the necessary legislative provisions to enable these pilots when Parliamentary time allows.

Pilots, based on international best-practice, will focus on offenders with substance misuse issues, domestic violence offences and female offenders.

The Court Service and Probation Service are closely involved in the design of the pilots, taking into consideration operational resources and the location of the necessary treatment services.

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