January - March

Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland has been designated as one of the bodies to form UK’s National Preventative Mechanism (UK NPM) in accordance with the Operational Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT).  As part of the ratification process for OPCAT, the Government has announced CJI will be one of a number of existing inspection bodies directed to carry out a system of regular visits to places of detention in order to prevent the torture and other cruel, in human or degrading treatment or punishment of detained persons.  A written ministerial statement  identifying the bodies selected across the UK to form the UK NPM was presented to Parliament by Michael Wills MP, Minister of State with the Department of Justice today.  Other bodies designated alongside CJI as part of the UK NPM for Northern Ireland include the Independent Monitoring Boards (IMB), the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) and the Northern Ireland Policing Board Independent Custody Visiting Scheme (NIPBICVS).  To view a copy of the Ministerial statement click here.

Dr Michael Maguire has represented Criminal Justice Inspection at an awards ceremony hosted by the Butler Trust at Buckingham Palace.  The Butler Trust is an independent charity established in 1985 in memory of ‘RAB’ Butler (Lord Butler of Saffron Walden), a reforming Home Secretary, to promote and encourage prison reform and positive regimes in UK prisons.
Dr Michael Maguire has today spoken with students of the University of Ulster’s Graduate School of Professional Legal Education at Magee Campus about accountability within the criminal justice system.
Criminal Justice Inspection has published a special edition of its newsletter dedicated to its 2009 Stakeholder Conference.
CJI’s Chief Inspector provided an insight into the similarities between inspection and management consultancy when he addressed the HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspection staff conference in London.
Representatives of CJI attended a community engagement initiative in the Millennium Forum, Londonderry/Derry hosted by the Policing Board to promote the work being carried out by the Inspectorate.
Rachel Tupling from CJI was one of four speakers to address a DPP training event in Cookstown looking at the issue of anti-social behaviour.
Dr Michael Maguire addressed the Annual General Meeting of the Children’s Law Centre in Belfast.  The Chief Inspector used the meeting to discuss CJI’s proposed inspection agenda with the representatives of the voluntary and community sector who were present.
The Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice in Northern Ireland has met members of the Criminal Justice Issues Board to as part of CJI’s on-going engagement with representatives of from the criminal justice sector on its future inspection agenda.

CJI has launched a recruitment campaign to identify two talented individuals to join its highly motivated, professional, multi-disciplinary Inspection team.

The successful candidates will be involved in preparing the programme of inspection, leading in the pre-inspection of organisations and will participate in formal inspections in accordance with relevant legislation. 

They will also be required to lead in the production of draft inspection reports and make recommendations that will generate performance improvement.  In addition, their role will involve establishing and developing networks and relationships within the criminal justice sector as well as co-ordinating the running of multiple inspections, ensuring that operational and strategic aims are achieved.
“As we are preparing a very challenging inspection programme for 2009 that deals with important issues within each of the major justice organisations, we are keen to hear from candidates that have knowledge, skills and experience that will further enhance CJI’s existing inspection team,” said CJI’s Deputy Chief Inspector, Brendan McGuigan.
For further information on these positions, interested individuals should contact Claire McKee at Clarendon Executive , 12b Clarendon Road, Clarendon Dock, Belfast, BT1 3BG, [email protected]  or phone 028 90 725750.  Information on theses posts can also be found on the Vacancies page of this website.  The closing date for completed application forms is 5pm on Monday 9th February. 
CJI is currently finalising plans for its 2009 Stakeholder Conference which is due to be held in the La Mon Hotel, Belfast on Tuesday 27 January.  A distinguished panel of speakers are due to participate in the event which will look at the topic ‘Managing criminal justice in a devolved setting: New Opportunities?
James Corrigan has met with representatives of the Finnish Forensic Science Service in Helsinki to assess their processes and procedures and the type of service they provide to the criminal justice system in Finland.
Dr Michael Maguire sought the views of members of Fermanagh District Policing Partnership on the issues they felt CJI should be addressing during a meeting held at the Pond Park Centre in Lisnaskea.
James Corrigan gave a presentation on the findings of CJI’s Roads Policing inspection report to members of Dungannon and South Tyrone District Policing Partnership during a meeting held at the Council Offices in Dungannon.  The DPP members present at the meeting extended a warm welcome to James and showed great interest in the findings of the report and the implications for Roads Policing in their local area.