New Chief Inspector appointed

Brendan McGuigan has been appointed as the new Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice in Northern Ireland.  The announcement was made today (30 November 2012) by the Minister of Justice David Ford MLA (read more).

Prior to his appointment Brendan had been Acting Chief Inspector since 16 July 2012, having joined the organisation in June 2004 as Deputy Chief Inspector and Chief Executive. 
Mr McGuigan said: "Since I joined CJI I have been fully committed to the role the Inspectorate can play in helping to improve the criminal justice system and the ways in which the various criminal justice organisations work and engage between one another for the benefit of all those who use the system, be it victim, witness or offender.”
Speaking on his appointment, the new Chief Inspector said: "I am delighted to have been appointed as Chief Inspector.  I see the role presenting many opportunities and I look forward to working closely with the various criminal justice agencies as well as the voluntary and community sector in the future development and delivery of the inspection programme. I also look forward to engaging further with the Minister of Justice, the Committee for Justice, the Department, the Attorney General, the Lord Chief Justice, Northern Ireland’s political parties and the Policing Board, together with other inspectorates, and oversight bodies all to help further the challenge of developing  a more effective and efficient justice system."
A photograph of Brendan can be viewed by clicking here and a copy of the Minister's announcement on the appointment can be obtained from the Department of Justice website Media Centre page.