You may have come into contact with the criminal justice system (CJS) as a witness or a victim.
At some point, you could be asked to do jury duty or wonder how the CJS fits together.
You may like to find out how you can get involved.
You may simply be concerned about the increased levels of Police surveilance.
The UK Criminal Justice System, is a complex and often-misunderstood public service made up of agencies, which include:
The Prison Service
The Crown Prosecution Service
The National Probation Service
Together they deliver the criminal justice process and aim to improve the prevention and detection of crime,
give victims and witnesses more support and punish and rehabilitate offenders.
The Heads of each Agency are collectively responsible for the performance of the system as a whole.
They are accountable to the Government and to the Public, whom they serve.
How do you find out who you should contact if things go wrong? How justice is dispensed?
What are your rights if you are stopped and searched by the Police?
How can you become a magistrate or a crown prosecutor?
Why do so many people feel disenfranchised and impotent, when they should feel informed and empowered?
These questions and others will be addressed in the series.
Exploring Justice Radio Show
Working with Unity 101 Community Radio, every month the show will raise awareness and understanding by
exploring different aspects of the CJS. Each live show lasts an hour and several guests with professional
knowledge and involvement in the CJS will explain their role. During the show, the guests' choice of music
will be played and the audience is encouraged to ask CJS-related questions by
telephone (02380 235055), email or
Ram Kalyan "Kelly" is Station Manager of Unity 101 Community radio, a local, independent, voluntary
organisation. It broadcasts Asian and ethnic community music and culture to over 50,000 listeners.
It reflects the needs and interests of local communities and aims to bring knowledge and understanding
so listeners can participate more fully in a cohesive society.
The show is hosted by DeBarneville Limited as part of its corporate
social responsibility programme. Venika is a Chartered Marketer with DeBarneville. She holds a number of
public appointments including member of the Department of Constitutional Affairs Advisory Committee,
Hampshire Probation Service and the Hampshire Police Authority.
This is Inside Justice week and the focus is on the Local Criminal Justice Board (LCJB), explained by both Peter and Tracy, with input
from Zahid about his experiences of the CJS and as a magistrate.
Zahid Arain, a Southampton Magistrate
Peter Downton, Area Head of Operations and LCJB Chair of Confidence sub group
Tracy Easton, District Crown Prosecutor
Her Majesty's Courts Service (HMCS) is responsible for managing the Crown Courts, County Courts, High
Courts, Courts of Appeal, and the Magistrates' courts. Magistrates are volunteers that deal with > 95% of
all criminal cases and some civil matters.
Guests include the Area Director of HMCS Stephen Williamson, who is also Chair of Hampshire and Isle of
Wight Criminal Justice Board. Valerie Gordon, Magistrates Advisory Committee Services Manager.
Hampshire Constabulary is responsible for policing Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, including Winchester,
Southampton and Portsmouth, working to create and maintain a safer society.
Guests include the Chief Constable of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Paul Kernaghan,
Special Constable Satbir Giany,
and Chief Inspector Karen Scipio, District Commander for Southampton Central and Portswood.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the
police in England and Wales. The CPS advises the police and decides whether to prosecute people
charged by the police. If you report a crime, the CPS can call you as a witness when they prosecute
Nick Hawkins, Chief Crown Prosecutor
Helen Jones, the District Business Manager for Southampton
Carl Anderson, Senior Crown Prosecutor
The Probation Service actively works to rehabilitate offenders given community sentences and those released
from prison; to enforce the conditions of their court orders and release licences, and help protect the
Guests include Barrie Crook, Chief Officer; Mel Roomes, Probation Officer and Ishret Damani,
Probation Services Officer who works part time in Winchester Prison and part time as a programme tutor at Portsmouth.
Hampshire Police Authority is responsible for overseeing Hampshire Constabulary to make sure that it
operates efficiently and effectively. It represents the voice of the public on policing issues and plays
a significant role in creating a safer and more just society.
Guests include Mike Attenborough-Cox (Chairman), Jacqui Rayment (Vice Chair), and Lou Parker (Community Consultation Officer).
Victim Support Hampshire & Isle of Wight provides free help and advice to victims of crime and to
witnesses attending local courts. They are independent of the police and courts, and available whether or
not the crime has been reported and regardless of when it happened.
Guests: Margaret Ward, Chief Executive (Victim Support Hampshire & the Isle of Wight),
Stacey Palmer (Witness Service volunteer),
Nic Bushby (Victim Support Volunteer),
and Neil Anderson (Communities Team, Southampton City Council).
The Wessex Youth Offending Team works to prevent youth crime and is in partnership with the Social Services,
Education authorities of the County and City Councils, National Probation Service, Hampshire Constabulary,
Strategic Health Authority, the ten Primary Care Trusts, the South Central Connexions Partnership and the
Youth Justice Board.
Guests: Steve Crocker, Chief Executive, Wessex Youth Offending Team Hampshire & the Isle of Wight and his
two colleagues, Pam Giany and Wayne Kerr.
The Prison Service is committed to protecting the public by holding prisoners securely and reducing the
risk of re-offending. The duty of the Prison Service is to look after inmates with humanity and help them
lead law-abiding and useful lives in custody and after release.
Guests: Andy Lattimore, Governor, Winchester Prison, Josh Durham, Diversity Manager and Trevor Collins,
Her Majesty's Courts Service is an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice.
They are responsible for managing the magistrates' courts, the Crown Court, county courts,
the High Court and Court of Appeal in England and Wales.
Magistrates are volunteers from all walks of life. Almost all criminal cases start in Magistrates'
courts, including motoring offences, minor assaults and some civil matters.
Jacky Barnes, Dy Chair, Southampton Bench and member of Magistrates in the Community, Paul Keeping, Magistrates in the Community Co-ordinator and Advisory Committee member and
Mary Le Feuvre, Head of Legal Services, Southampton & New Forest Magistrates’ Courts.
First in a two-part programme based on a real life court case. Guests involved in the case include representatives from the Police, Crown Prosecution Service, the Courts, the Probation Service, Victim Support, Witness Care Unit.
Part One is about making a case and Part Two in October will focus on how it was resolved.
An Asian man is walking through Palmerston Park in Southampton. A group of men approach him and attack him, unprovoked. One man is kicking him and another is punching him.
At the same time they swear and shout racial abuse. The attack has been going on for about a minute and the victim is attempting to protect himself. A police car passes and the officers witness the attack and racial abuse. After a chase they arrest one of the assailants whilst the other escapes.
What happens next? Find out on Community Hour.
Guests: Acting Deputy Chief Inspector Craig Dibdin, Crown Prosecution Service Lawyer Owen Holloway and Kate Ross from Victim Support.
One of the assailants was arrested on suspicion of Actual Bodily Harm. The injuries to the victim were a bite mark to the shoulder, cuts and bruises and a broken finger. The assailant that got away was eventually caught and identified as a result of a DNA 'hit' from the bite wound, as the officer at the scene had the presence of mind to take a forensic swab from the injury. Tune in to find out what happened next.
Guests: His Honour Ian McLean; Louise Gray, Head of Crown Court Team; Julie Burrows, Witness Care Unit; Margaret Dunne, Senior Probation Officer.
The case is now in the Crown Court and in considering the aims of the sentence passed, the Judge will consider the seriousness of the offence, the degree of the offender’s blame and the extent of any harm caused.
To find out about the sentence and its aftermath, tune in to Exploring Justice, on Community Hour.
Guests: His Honour Ian McLean; Margaret Dunne, Senior Probation Officer; Acting Deputy Chief Inspector Craig Dibdin; Andrew Lloyd, Head of Residence, Winchester Prison.
Guests: (from L to R) Detective Sergeant Paul Wright, Andrew Lloyd, Head of Residence, Winchester Prison, His Honour Ian McLean; Margaret Dunne, Senior Probation Officer .
This program brings the current 'Exploring Justice' radio show to a close with a summary of the series. It describes the criminal justice process and how the different components of the Local Criminal Justice Board and support agencies work together.
The High Sheriff of Hampshire, Mrs Sarah Thorne. Appointed annually in April, the High Sheriff remains the Sovereign's representative in the county for all matters relating to the judiciary and the maintenance of law and order.
This programme is not driven by any political, religious or other agenda.
Every effort has been made to maintain neutrality in preparing the material obtained from various
official sources. As part of DeBarneville's service to the community, DeBarneville seeks to inform
and provides links to agencies, but is not responsible for the content of external websites,
nor for any alterations in the programmes.
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