Modernising Criminal Justice Conference: Celebrating 21 Years

On the 22nd of June, 2023, GovNet will proudly host the 21st Annual Modernising Justice Conference at the QEII Centre in London. This blog will explain everything you need to know about the conference and why you should join us.

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Tailored to the criminal justice sector, this conference provides an opportunity for visitors from the police, courts, prisons, probation, central government and the wider industry to come together for a day of networking, insight and future planning. 

Discover everything you need to know about the Modernising Justice Conference below. 

What Is the Modernising Criminal Justice Conference?

Like every sector, the criminal justice sector faces challenges. Some of these include funding uncertainty, delivering a connected justice system in the digital age, managing prisoners' mental health and dealing with the court backlog caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

But beyond these challenges, there are many opportunities the sector can capitalise on to build a better future. The Modernising Criminal Justice Conference presents the perfect opportunity for people from the sector to discuss these challenges and opportunities.

The conference is a day focused on solutions. Meet with like-minded peers to empower each other and discuss the most effective strategies, technologies and services to help build an effective and efficient digitised justice system.

What Types of Key Topics Are Covered at the Conference and How Can This Benefit You? 

Focused on providing as much insight as possible to delegates, the conference covers a broad range of topics. Some of these include:

Digital Policing 

The sector must continue working towards meeting the goals set out in the Policing Vision 2025, which include:

  • Making it easier for the police and the public to communicate with each other
  • Improving digital investigations and intelligence
  • Transferring all information with the Criminal Justice System (CJS) digitally

Join us to discuss how police forces can embrace new strategies and solutions to meet these goals and transform the delivery of their services.


The rehabilitation of offenders is a crucial feature of the modern UK criminal justice system. In December 2021, the government released a whitepaper that sets out a path to build innovative jails to reform prisoners. We’ll discuss the progress made in meeting the goals and steps needed to rehabilitate criminals in the UK better.

Some of the other topics covered at the conference include:

  • Witness and victim protection
  • Disclosure and evidence
  • Court reform 
  • Domestic abuse and violence

Who Attends the Conference?

The conference is tailored to senior leaders from the entire criminal justice sector. This includes people who work in the police, courts, prisons, probation and central government. 

Here's a round-up of some of the organisations that have attended in the past: 


  • Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service
  • HMP Addiewell
  • HMP Garth
  • HM Inspectorate of Prisons
  • HM Prison & Probation Service

Probation and Parole 

  • Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service
  • Probation Institute
  • London Community Rehabilitation Company
  • The Parole Board for England & Wales
  • National Probation Service
  • Thames Valley CRC


  • Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service
  • Royal Courts Of Justice
  • Inns of Court College of Advocacy
  • Military Court Service
  • Supreme Court of the United Kingdom


  • Association of Police & Crime Commissioners
  • College of Policing
  • Met Prosecutions
  • Essex Police
  • West Yorkshire PCC

Charities and NGOs

  • Barnardo's
  • Citywall
  • Leeds Women's Aid
  • POhWER
  • Redthread

Local and Central Government

  • Ministry of Justice
  • National Crime Agency
  • British Transport Police
  • Driver And Vehicle Licensing Agency
  • Sentencing Council for England and Wales

These are just some of the organisations who attend our conference. You can see a full breakdown here.

Who Speaks at the Conference? 

We’ve welcomed thought leaders from the government, justice agencies and the wider sector to share their expertise and guidance for the past 20 years. Together, they debate and discuss critical topics related to the criminal justice landscape. 

We’ll release the agenda and key speakers for the 2023 conference soon. Until then, here’s a snapshot of some notable speakers who joined us in 2022:

  • Julie Brett, Head of Innovation and Business Change, HMPPS
  • Dame Vera Baird, Commissioner, Victims' Commissioner for England & Wales
  • Amy Rees, Director General for Probation & Wales, HM Prison & Probation Service
  • Mark Gray, Chief Digital & Information Officer, Crown Prosecution Service
  • Georgina Henley, Head of the Justice and Emergency Services Programme, techUK

We’re looking forward to hosting the 21st Annual Modernising Criminal Justice Conference on the 22nd of June.