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North Lanarkshire Community Justice Partnership

Improving community justice outcomes

In North Lanarkshire, there is a strong history of organisations working together to service the needs of our residents.

The North Lanarkshire Community Justice Partnership (NLCJP) is committed to working together with the community to effectively develop community justice to improve the quality of life of our residents in order to prevent and reduce reoffending.  

Our statutory partners are: North Lanarkshire Council, Police Scotland, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Health and Social Care Integration, NHS, Scottish Prison Service, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service. 

We are also working with the third sector.

Within the Scottish Government's National Strategy, community justice is defined as being:

"The collection of individuals, agencies and services that work together to support manage and supervise people who have committed offences, from the point of arrest, through prosecution, community disposal or custody and alternatives to these, until they are reintegrated into the community.  Local communities and third sector are a vital part of the process which aims to prevent and reduce further offending and the harm that it causes, to promote desistance, social inclusion and citizenship."

The Community Justice Outcomes Improvement Plan details how we will deliver community justice. 

If you would like to find out more information about North Lanarkshire's Community Justice Partnership please contact the Co-ordinator Community Justice on 01698 403986.

Position statement

Review of the National Strategy for Community Justice and Review of the Outcomes, Performance and Improvement Framework

We extended our Community Justice Outcome Improvement Plan until March 2021 due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.   

Under sections 15 and 17 of the Community Justice (Scotland) Act 2016 (‘the Act’), the National Strategy for Community Justice (‘the national strategy’) and the Community Justice Outcomes, Performance and Improvement Framework (‘the OPIF’) were published on 24 November 2016. Following a review under Section 16 of the Act, the Scottish Ministers publish either a revised strategy, or a statement indicating that they consider that the strategy should not be revised. Community Justice Scotland (CJS) must also review the OPIF no later than five years after the framework is published.

To comply with the Act, reviews of both the national strategy and the OPIF must therefore be completed by 24 November 2021 (though the publication of any revised documents may take place after this date).

These reviews are currently taking place and consultation documents are available through the Scottish Government’s website.

Community Justice Outcome Improvement Plans (CJOIPs)

Community justice partnerships must review their local CJOIPs after the publication of a revised national strategy and/or a revised OPIF. Following such a review, the community justice partners must either publish a revised plan or publish a statement indicating that they consider that the plan should not be revised.

Following a recommendation from the Scottish Government, Community Justice Scotland North Lanarkshire Community Justice Partnership (NLCJP) has decided to delay publication of a new Community Justice Improvement Plan until April 2022.

The partnership believe that it would be beneficial to await developments in the National Justice Strategy and Outcome Performance Improvement Framework as these policies will directly contribute to the work of the NLCJP.  During the interim period, the partnership will continue to progress work to understand the needs of people in the justice system and carry out the activities within our annual work plan.

North Lanarkshire Community Justice Outcome Plan

North Lanarkshire Community Justice Annual Report 2019-2020

This report is about the work undertaken by the partnership focussed on reducing reoffending in North Lanarkshire. 

You will find examples of support and interventions, as well as work undertaken to consult with people, develop partnership working and services.

There are also many examples of how people with convictions have paid back to benefit their communities by carrying out work in North Lanarkshire.

If you require reports from a previous year, please email


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Justice Services
236 Main Street

Page last updated:
28 Sep 2021

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