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2011


CHANGING the ethos of the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland so that it becomes more service centred in how it engages with victims and witnesses would be a major step forward in reducing continuing levels of dissatisfaction.

GOOD progress was evident in increasing the profile and importance of enforcement with the Department of Environment (DOE) and its agencies. That’s the view of Deputy Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland, Brendan McGuigan in a follow-up inspection published today (Thursday 10 November 2011) for Enforcement in the Department of Environment.

A REPORT published today by Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland (CJI) commends the professional practice and continued improvements at the Woodlands Juvenile Justice Centre (JJC).
CRIMINAL Justice Inspection Northern Ireland (CJI) has today (Monday 24th October 2011) welcomed the Final Report by the Prison Review Team, chaired by Dame Anne Owers, which provides a blueprint for moving towards a ‘safer society’.
WHILE the process of the resettlement of offenders has improved, the outcomes for prisoners are less obvious – that’s just one of the findings of a new report published today by Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland.
GREAT efforts have been made by staff and small improvements gained at Hydebank Wood Women’s Prison and Young Offenders Centre, but further progress cannot be achieved within the present regimes operating in both facilities.
Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland has today published the findings of its inspection into the independence of the Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland (OPONI) from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).
Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland (CJI) has recommended the repositioning of the Parole Commissioners for Northern Ireland within the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunal Service (NICTS) in a report published today (1 September 2011).
An independent inspection examining the activities of community-based restorative justice schemes operated by Community Restorative Justice Ireland (CRJI) has found the majority of work undertaken does not meet the threshold for inclusion under the Government’s Protocol for community-based restorative justice.
Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland (CJI) has today (Thursday 28 July 2011) published the findings of its latest inspection report on the use of youth diversion by the criminal justice system.

Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland has called for action to improve how legal services are currently provided in a new report published today (Tuesday 28 June 2011).

Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland (CJI) has today published its Business Plan for 2011-12.
The high quality of pre-sentence reports prepared by the Probation Board for Northern Ireland (PBNI) has been recognised in the latest report published today (Wednesday 22 June 2011) by Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland (CJI).

The Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice in Northern Ireland Dr Michael Maguire has commended developments in public protection arrangements in Northern Ireland in a new report published today (Monday 13 June 2011).

The importance of securing the attendance of victims, witnesses and defendants at court to allow criminal cases to proceed without delay has been highlighted in a new report published by Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland (2 June 2011).
The need for the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) to deliver against its stated intent of delivering personal, professional and protective policing to local communities has been highlighted in a new report by Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland (CJI).
Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland has published the terms of reference it will use to carry out an inspection of the operational independence of the Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland (OPONI) from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).
Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland (CJI) is to conduct a review of the operational independence of the Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland from the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
 
The review is being carried out at the request of the Police Ombudsman, Al Hutchinson.
 
Dr Michael Maguire, Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice in Northern Ireland has met with the Police Ombudsman to discuss his concerns and work will commence immediately to draft Terms of Reference for the Inspectorate's work.  This information will be made public when it becomes available.
 
"This report will provide an impartial, evidence-based analysis of the relationship between the Police Ombudsman's Office and the Police Service of Northern Ireland. I will seek to publish the findings of my report by the end of June," said Dr Michael Maguire.
Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland (CJI) has welcomed the interim report by Dame Anne Owers and her Review Team which sets out a new vision and new deal for the Northern Ireland Prison Service. 


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