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  • Rt. Hon. Mark Drakeford AM (Chair)
  • Jeremy Miles AM
  • Jane Hutt AM
  • Shan Morgan, Permanent Secretary
  • Des Clifford, Director General, Office of the First Minister
  • Hugh Rawlings, Director Constitutional Affairs
  • Piers Bisson, Director, European Transition
  • Carys Evans, Principal Private Secretary, First Minister
  • James Gerard, Deputy Director, Justice Transformation and Devolution
  • Karin Phillips, Deputy Director, Community Safety Division
  • Jane Runeckles, Special Adviser
  • Christopher W Morgan, Cabinet Secretariat
  • Damian Roche, Cabinet Secretariat (minutes)

Item 1: Terms of reference and proposed ways of working CSC-Justice(19-20)01

  1. The First Minister introduced the paper, which asked ministers to agree the terms of reference of the Cabinet Sub-Committee on Justice.
  2. The Commission on Justice in Wales had undertaken a comprehensive investigation into the state of the justice system in Wales. It had built on evidence from over 200 written submissions, 150 witnesses and wide-ranging engagement from across Wales and beyond. The resulting report produced 78 significant recommendations on how to improve the delivery of justice in Wales. There were a further 156 subsidiary but complementary recommendations.
  3. The Sub Committee had been established to direct all government activity in response to the report and provide strategic leadership for justice functions devolved to Wales. It would ensure synergy across portfolios to ensure a coordinated approach to justice matters, while agreeing Welsh Government positions on initiatives arising from the UK government led discussions with UK ministers on the devolution of justice.
  4. The paper outlined the core membership of the Sub-Committee and noted that other ministers would be invited to attend specific meetings when there was a specific policy interest.
  5. The Cabinet Sub-Committee approved the paper.

Item 2: Commission on Justice in Wales: initial analysis of final report CSC-Justice (19-20)02

  1. The First Minister introduced the paper, which outlined the key issues that would shape how the Welsh Government would take forward the recommendations of the Commission on Justice in Wales.
  2. The paper provided an initial analysis of the Justice Commission’s recommendations, the assessment of the Justice Transformation Programme as being a multi-year programme, and the extent of the likely cooperation what would be required from the UK government to implement a significant proportion of the recommendations. 2 possible illustrative models for the programme had been provided, based on whether or not the UK government was open to some legislative devolution during the current Parliament.

Item 3: Approach to the debate in the Senedd – oral item

  1. The First Minister advised the Sub-Committee that a debate on the Report of the Justice Commission in Wales would be held in the Senedd on 4 February and the motion would need to be tabled shortly.

Item 4: Draft Forward Work Programme CSC-Justice(19-20)03

  1. The First Minister introduced the paper, which asked the Cabinet Sub-Committee to agree its forward work programme (noting that the programme would need to be kept under review as events developed). The paper included a table of subjects for consideration along with suggested ministerial leads.
  2. The Sub-Committee agreed the paper.

Cabinet Secretariat
January 2020

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