Judicial system objectives

The objective of criminal policy is to reduce crime and increase public security. The objective of the judicial system is to ensure the rule of law and legal security for individuals. The ‘rule of law’ means that the administration of justice and other exercise of public authority must be predictable and consistent, and must be conducted to a high standard. ‘Legal security’ means that private individuals and other legal entities must be protected from criminal attacks on life, health, freedom, integrity and property.

It is important to redouble our efforts to prevent crime and increase security, not least in socially vulnerable areas. Creating a secure society requires an active and inclusive welfare policy coupled with strategic and determined crime prevention and law enforcement efforts. The justice system, as well as legislation, needs to be adapted to the changing social conditions. For the Government, it is crucial that more crimes are prevented and more crimes are solved. This applies to both everyday crime and crime that poses a threat to our democratic society, such as organised crime, terrorism and hate crime.

The insecurity experienced by women is much greater than that of men. There are also differences in men's and women's vulnerability to crime and crimes committed by men and women. The Government is giving high priority to efforts to create a more gender-equal society and is continuing efforts to achieve its special gender equality objectives (Govt Bill 2015/16:1).

Being able to live a secure crime-free life must not depend on which area or which part of the country you live in, or who you are. The Government is undertaking broad and long-term measures to build a stronger society, in which the justice system and other actors together take responsibility for creating safer and more secure societies.