Community Justice Authorities (CJAs) are statutory bodies created by the Management of Offenders etc (Scotland) Act 2005 to be strategic planning and monitoring authorities for the provision of community justice services.

What we intend to do
Lanarkshire Community Justice Authority (LCJA) is one of eight Authorities accross Scotland.  The key purpose of CJAs is to reduce re-offending within a specific geographical area. 

Lanarkshire CJA Structure and Governance
LCJA Board comprises of three Elected Members from both North and South Lanarkshire Council. 

Each CJA employs a Chief Officer and support staff to carry out the functions of the CJA.  The Chief Officer reports directly to the Convener with key decisions agreed at quarterly Board Meetings. Board meetings are open to the public and the minutes are available for inspection within the publication section of this website.

The composition of each CJA is shown in the background paper available to download below.

Download Background Paper here

Lanarkshire CJA and Partners
LCJA links to key partnerships including MAPPA Strategic Oversight Group; Lanarkshire Criminal Justice Board; Community Planning Partnersghips; Lanarkshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership and Community Safety Partnerships.

A wide variety of partners from the voluntary sector attend the LEAF Group (Literacy, Employability, Accommodation and Finance) which is chaired by LCJA and meets on a bi-annual basis to share information and best practice.

LCJA facilitates partnership working with a large range of agencies who deliver universal services and services targeted specifically at offenders or exoffenders.

These partnerships not only provide essential services to manage risk in the community but also come together to manage the process for specific initiatives for example the : ‘Women Offenders’ monies; the development of the ‘Payback Sports Facilities Fund’ and the ‘Project Initiation Fund’.

Therefore the value of these partnerships is much more than the outcomes that are requested of them in service level agreements.  In the Lanarkshire area partners from both statutory and voluntary services work in a collaborative way which is good for services and communities.

Download details of our local partnership meetings here.