Chair's statement on the criminal justice system

07 March 2014

A statement from The Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MP, Chair of the Committee of Public Accounts:

The Criminal Justice system receives £17 billion a year in funding, and yet it is creaking at the seams – an inefficient, ineffective system.  The reoffending rate remains far too high, the web of IT systems don’t talk to each other and up to £19 million is wasted in courts because trials don’t take place when they’re supposed to.

The Ministry of Justice and the Home Office need to up their game and deliver the good management of the criminal cases we expect.

I look forward to talking to the senior figures from both about how they intend to address these problems when they come before us on Monday 17 March 2014.

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