Doing data justice - Improving how data is collected, managed and used in the justice system
19 September 2023
Helping to organise the operation of the system and identify problems One of the primary roles for organisations such as the MoJ and HMCTS is ensuring the smooth flow of cases through the justice system. [...] WHAT ROLE SHOULD DATA PLAY? 10 What are the existing problems with how data is collected, managed and used in the justice system? The MoJ and HMCTS data strategies recognise the opportunities that justice data offers to better understand and improve the justice system. [...] Interviewees recognised some of the challenges for senior leadership in the justice system, given the ‘air gaps’ between and distance from its different independent parts, the change in the role of lord chancellor and – as with the health secretary and the NHS – the difficulty for a politician to say they are not responsible for all the workings of the system while having political responsibility. [...] LESSONS FOR BEST PRACTICE 22 The success of Data First and the BOLD programme is also prompting people within the MoJ and elsewhere to think about the future data sharing capability they want, and how to set the department up to be at the forefront of data sharing work. [...] As the core department at the heart of the justice system, responsibility for writing the strategy should sit within the MoJ, making use of the relationships the data improvement team has already built with other teams across the criminal justice system and building new links with family and civil justice bodies.