A celebration of Smart Justice

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Forres in Bloom volunteers are community justice champions

Moray’s first-ever community justice event ‘Smart Justice Moray’ takes place at Elgin Town Hall today, Thursday 13 September. It has been organised by the Moray Community Justice Partnership, a group comprising local public and third-sector bodies involved in the local delivery of community justice.

So what is community justice? It’s one of the ways public sector organisations, third sector groups and local communities work together to help prevent offending and reduce the number of future victims. This is done by working with people who have committed offences, are at risk of offending or have been witnesses to or victims of crime.

With over twenty stalls representing groups involved in community justice, the event gives people the chance to find out about the work that goes on, learn how the community benefits from it and is also an opportunity for members of the public to contribute to the future development of community justice in Moray.

Attending the event and delivering a keynote speech is Karyn McCluskey, chief executive of Community Justice Scotland.

The event will also see the launch of #YouChoose3, an opportunity for community groups, enterprising third sector organisations and micro enterprises to bid for a share of £13,000 which is being made available by Moray Alcohol and Drugs Partnership to fund projects which focus on connection, prevention and recovery from drug and alcohol-related issues.

‘Smart Justice Moray’ takes place in the Supper Room of Elgin Town Hall from 1.00 – 3.30 and 5.00 to 7.00 pm.