Our Remit

Who does CJI inspect?

Under the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 CJI was originally given the power to inspect nine named organisations. Further additions were later made by Order and as a result of s.45 of the Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Act 2007.
A full list of the organisations currently subject to inspection by CJI are shown below.

Key criminal justice organisations

Other organisations inspected by CJI

  • The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI);
  • The Northern Ireland Social Security Agency;
  • The Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland (PPS);
  • The Northern Ireland Prison Service (NIPS);
  • The Youth Justice Agency for Northern Ireland (YJA);
  • The Probation Board for Northern Ireland (PBNI);

  • Health and Social Services Boards and Trusts;
  • Forensic Science Northern Ireland (FSNI);
  • The Northern Ireland Child Support Agency;
  • The Police Ombudsman’s Office for Northern Ireland (OPONI);
  • The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI);
  • The State Pathologist’s Department for Northern Ireland (SPD
  • The Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service (NICTS););
  • The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI);
  • Department of the Environment (DoE);
  • The Parole Commissioners (formerly the Life Sentence Review Commissioners):
  • The Royal Mail Group (RMG);
  • The Legal Services Commission (LSC);

  • Belfast Harbour Commissioners;
  • Larne Harbour Ltd;
  • Belfast International Airport Ltd (BIA);
  • The Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB).

  • Community Restorative Justice schemes; and
  • Probation and bail hostels (Approved Premises).
  • Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD).

By law, CJI is not allowed to investigate individual cases but it can, when asked by the Minister for Justice, undertake specific pieces of work including investigations and reviews.


Who does it report to?

CJI is funded by the Department of Justice for Northern Ireland. The Chief Inspector is appointed by the Minister of Justice.
CJI is an independent Inspectorate which under law is required to make all its reports publicly available.  It must also lay all its reports before the Northern Ireland Assembly. 
While permission to publish a report must be sought from the Minister for Justice, they are not allowed to influence or alter the content of CJI’s reports. The Minister of Justice may only deny permission to publish a report or request that part of a report is altered or omitted when it would be against the public interest, or might jeopardise the safety of any person.

What has changed following devolution?

The Chief Inspector reports to the Minister of Justice since the devolution of policing and justice powers on 12 April 2010.  Prior to this, the Chief Inspector reported to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.