July - September


Brendan McGuigan, Deputy Chief Inspector, gave a presentation at the BMF Modern and Efficient Government Conference in the Stormont Hotel on Wednesday 17 September 2008.  A copy of the presentation can be downloaded here.


Paul Googins MP and Dr Michael MaguireCJI’s new Chief Inspector Dr Michael Maguire has met with the Criminal Justice Minister Paul Goggins MP for the first time since taking up his post.  The Chief Inspector said he welcomed the opportunity to meet with the Minister and looked forward to working with him in the future.

Speaking about his appointment as the head of CJI, Dr Maguire said: “I am delighted to have taken over as Chief Inspector from Kit Chivers and look forward to building relationships with CJI's partner agencies in the criminal justice system.  The Inspectorate is making a valuable contribution to the criminal justice system and I believe elected local representatives and local people are taking an interest in the findings of CJI’s reports."

Dr. Michael Maguire has joined CJI as Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice for Northern Ireland.  Michael comes to CJI with over 20 years experience in management consultancy working at the highest level of the public sector in Ireland.  Prior to taking up his post, Michael was a partner in the global consultancy firm PA Consulting.
A light touch review of Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland and its work has been carried out on behalf of the Criminal Justice Policy Division of the Northern Ireland Office. The review which was carried out during the spring of 2008 commended the Inspectorate’s collaborative approach to inspection and recognised the thematic and cross-cutting inspections were highly regarded.  To view a copy of the review please follow this link.
An inspection of the crime investigations function of the Royal Mail Group by CJI has found that investigations being carried out by Royal Mail Investigators in Northern Ireland are to a high standard.  Case files have been found to compare favourably with other areas of the United Kingdom served by the Royal Mail Group. Inspectors have recommended that developing a direct method of presenting case files to the Public Prosecution Services for a prosecution decision however would help to streamline current processes and further enhance communication.
The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, the Rt. Hon Shaun Woodward MP, has appointed Dr Michael Maguire to replace Kit Chivers as the new Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice for Northern Ireland.  Dr Maguire is a partner in PA Consulting Group.  He will take up his appointment as Chief Inspector with CJI on 1 September.  For further information, please follow this link.
Kit Chivers met with Junior Minister Gerry Kelly MLA at Stormont to discuss the findings of the recent HMIP/CJI inspection of Hydebank Wood Young Offender Centre.
Criminal Justice Inspection has praised the work carried out by hostels that accommodate offenders in Northern Ireland and the contribution they are making towards local public protection arrangements in an inspection report published today.  The report on the hostels, which are officially known as approved premises, found that risk management issues were taken very seriously by each of the facilities.  They report confirms Inspectors had found evidence of good practice during the course of the inspection.  A number of recommendations have been made by CJI’s Inspectors to further enhance current arrangements.
A report of an inspection of Hydebank Wood Young Offender Centre (YOC) carried out by CJI and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons has indicated the YOC is struggling to deal with managing the needs of a variety of remanded and sentenced young men and juveniles.  The YOC, which is located on a site shared with Ash House, Northern Ireland’s women’s prison, was found not to be performing effectively when Inspectors visited the facility last November.
CJI has welcomed the Action Plan published by the Department of the Environment in response to its inspection of Enforcement within the DoE. Brendan McGuigan, Deputy Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice said it was heartening to see the commitment demonstrated by the DoE to taking the recommendations contained in the inspection report forward.  “We look forward to revisiting the DoE and its Executive Agencies to assess the progress made against this Action Plan in the future,” he said.