The Dovefield Public Justice Centre has been open for a month, and it's already hard work. Judge Patrick Coburn has so far been unable to convince his staff of his new approach to justice, never mind the local community. Coburn's bosses at the Ministry of Justice also remain unconvinced that he'll be able to deliver results.
To add insult to injury, the PJC has been broken into overnight. It doesn't look like much has been taken but a key memo from the MoJ is missing. Coburn wants to hush it up, but Community Liaison Officer and second-in-command Marie thinks he's taking the wrong approach. Marie knows that they need some good press, and quick - local reporter Louise Scanlon is brought in to interview Coburn. Not one for a charm offensive, Coburn bristles at personal questions and Louise's interest is piqued.
Rattled by the interview, Coburn realises that he has to get out of the Centre and start engaging with the locals. When Coburn realises he won't find anything out from behind the tinted windows of his car, Coburn and Senior Probation Officer Joe Gateacre borrow BMX bikes from some kids to complete their journey...
At the Crown Court, the latest case against local hoodlum Jake Little is thrown out when key witness Sharna Mulhearn doesn't show up. A smiling Jake celebrates his victory, but Sharna is worried about repercussions from agreeing to testify in the first place, particularly when her mate Kaz is drawn into it.
Coburn visits his old church for the first time in forty years and is astonished to find Father Jim is still there. The priest tells Coburn that it's great to have him back, the community needs him; Jake Little runs things round here and no-one seems to be able to do anything about it. And in the courtroom, Coburn surprises everyone.