Criminal Justice Services

Criminal Justice Services are a member of the Northern Community Justice Authority (NCJA). CJAs were set up across Scotland in April 2006 by the Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Act 2005. The purpose of CJAs is to make our communities safer by reducing re-offending and improving the management of offenders.

CJAs are made up of elected Councillors from the local authorities.  The Northern CJA brings together 7 local authorities. These are: Aberdeen City Council,  Aberdeenshire Council, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Highland Council, Moray Council, Orkney Islands Council and Shetland Islands Council.

Further information about the NCJA can be found at the NCJA website (external link). Every three years the NCJA sets out how the CJA will take forward their duties with respect to the Management of Offenders and their commitment to the Scottish Government’s Strategic Objectives and National Outcomes in an Area Plan. For more information see Northern Community Justice Authority Area Plan 2011-14 (1587 kb pdf).

Services Provided by Criminal Justice Social Work (CJSW) are delivered in accordance with National Outcomes and Standards for Social Work Services in the Criminal Justice System (external website).

There are 3 key outcomes for CJSW:

  1. Community safety and public protection
  2. The reduction of re-offending
  3. Social inclusion to support desistance from offending

Criminal Justice Social Work provides the following Areas of Services in Highland:

Please contact us if you have any questions or want to discuss community unpaid work and how it can help you or your community/charity.