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Triennial Reviews of the CJC and FJC

Date:15 JUL 2015
The Triennial Reviews of the Civil Justice Council (CJC) and Family Justice Council (FJC) were announced in a Written Ministerial Statement to Parliament on 4 November 2013. The first Triennial Review Report was published yesterday, 14 July 2015.

The CJC is an Advisory Public Body which was established under the Civil Procedure Act 1997 with responsibility for overseeing and co-ordinating the modernisation of the Civil Justice System (CJS).

The FJC’s main role is to promote an inter-disciplinary approach to family justice and to monitor how effectively the system, both as a whole and through its component parts, delivers the service the Government and the public need. It also advises on reforms necessary for continuous improvement of the family justice system.

The Triennial Review process was established in 2011 to ensure that all NDPBs which remained in place following these reforms were regularly reviewed. As sponsoring body of both the CJC and FJC, the review was undertaken by the Judicial Office for England and Wales.

The Cabinet Office has identified two principal aims for Triennial Reviews:
  • to provide robust challenge to the continuing need for individual NDPBs – both their functions and their form (stage one); and 
  • where it is agreed that a particular body should remain as an NDPB, to review the control and governance arrangements in place to ensure that the public body is complying with recognised principles of good corporate governance (stage two). 
Following an evidence gathering exercise which commenced on 4 November 2013, Stage One of the Reviews for CJC and FJC has concluded that:
  • There is a continuing need for the functions of the CJC and FJC 
  • Neither the CJC or the FJC should be abolished or merged into another organisation but should continue as an Arm’s Length Body, independent of Government 
  • Both the CJC and the FJC meet the three tests set by the Cabinet Office 
  • Both Reviews should move forward to Stage Two and consider the governance of the Councils.
The Triennial Review Report is available here.