Justice and Public Safety
March 28, 2017

Collaboration at Justice Summit Identifies Ways to Improve Justice in Newfoundland and Labrador

A summit was held in St. John's today to connect representatives that have direct involvement in Newfoundland and Labrador's criminal justice system. The event themed "Out of the Silos: Implementing Solutions Together" brought together frontline and management stakeholders such as the judiciary, police, mental health advocates and various Department of Justice and Public Safety employees, to discuss important issues.

The summit represents an important step in recognizing the interconnectedness of all aspects of the criminal justice system. The top three issues identified by participants were:

  • Offender's underlying issues
  • Lack of alternative processes
  • Court related delays

The group discussed possible solutions to the issues and identified potential ways to implement them with the goal to improve the criminal justice system in Newfoundland and Labrador. Today's dialogue will inform policies pursued by the Department of Justice and Public Safety going forward in addition to facilitating further constructive dialogue within the justice system in the future.

"Today consisted of people having a frank and open dialogue on significant issues related to the criminal justice system. From these discussions, we can determine solutions and ways to address these issues to help inform real change. I thank all participants for their openness and I assure them that this is just the beginning of an important conversation on justice in Newfoundland and Labrador."
Honourable Andrew Parsons
Minister of Justice and Public Safety and Attorney General

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2017 03 28                              4:30 p.m.