Strengthening the Independent Scrutiny Bodies through Legislation

Closed 30 Sep 2020

Opened 19 Aug 2020


This consultation explores a number of options to strengthen the Arm’s Length Bodies’ ability to scrutinise and improve accountability within the criminal justice system, more specifically relating to prisons, probation and custodial settings. It also considers extending the tenure of the interested senior public appointees, as well as placing the National Preventive Mechanism on a statutory footing. Please note that this is not a public consultation but is directed at those involved and organisations that have an interest in the proposals.


  • Legal professionals
  • Judiciary
  • Prosecutors
  • Court & Tribunal staff
  • Legal professional bodies


  • Courts
  • Public Bodies
  • Youth Justice
  • Criminal justice
  • Access to justice
  • Legal services
  • Judiciary