July - September

Criminal Justice Inspection has published its first follow-up review. The review examined progress made on 30 recommendations included in the inspection report on the State Pathologist’s Department which was published in June 2005. The follow-up review revealed that 15 of the recommendations had not yet been achieved.  In light of this, CJI’s Chief Inspector Kit Chivers has given a commitment that CJI will conduct a further review in 2007.

The CJI Inspection team visited the Belfast offices of the Regulatory and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) to discuss how the two agencies could work together in the future.  The meeting was attended by the Chief Executive of the RQIA Stella Burnside and members of her senior team.
Kit Chivers and Paul Mageean met with Alex Attwood the SDLP’s Policing spokesman and West Belfast MLA to discuss a number of issues including the protocols for community based restorative justice schemes.  Mr Attwood was joined at the meeting by his party colleague Brian Barrington.
CJI is to carry out an independent inspection of the action taken by criminal justice agencies to strengthen arrangements for the management of sex offenders following the sentencing of Trevor Hamilton for the murder of Strabane pensioner Attracta Harron.  Chief Inspector Kit Chivers was asked to carry out the inspection work by the Minister for Criminal Justice David Hanson MP.
CJI published its first report on the Causeway IT programme.  Causeway is an electronic case management system which assists criminal justice agencies to exchange information between one another.