CHESHIRE is exceeding Government targets to improve the criminal justice system and cut crime.
Performance figures published for the first time show the Cheshire Criminal Justice Board has either met or exceeded its targets in: Bringing more offences to justice. Speeding up the court process for cases in the magistrates and Crown courts. Speeding up the court process for young offenders. Reducing the number of ineffective trials in the Crown Court.
The board, made up of chief officers from the county's criminal justice agencies, was set up in April 2003 to manage the system in Cheshire.
Information about the work Cheshire is doing to bring more offenders to justice is now available to the public.
The quarterly figures will enable people to judge the performance of the criminal justice system and will raise awareness about what is being done to improve it.
Barry Hughes, chairman of Cheshire's Criminal Justice Board, said: 'The public have a right to know how the criminal justice system in Cheshire is working so that they can hold to account locally those responsible for the service they receive.
'For confidence to grow in the criminal justice system, we must be accessible and accountable to the people of Cheshire, which means we should be open and transparent.'
He added: 'The creation of the Cheshire Criminal Justice Board in April this year was a big step toward increasing the effectiveness of the local criminal justice system.
'The board plays a vital role in the fight to reduce crime and bring more offenders to justice by improving cooperation between criminal justice agencies on the ground to deliver, not a system operating in isolation, but a joined-up criminal justice service run for victims and the community.'