CJI publishes Annual Report and Accounts for 2021-22


Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland (CJI) has today (8 July 2022) published its Annual Report and Accounts for 2021-22.  
The report, which was approved by the Comptroller and Auditor General of the Northern Ireland Audit Office, shows the work undertaken by the Inspectorate during the course of the last financial year. 

“I am pleased that the Comptroller and Auditor General of the Northern Ireland Audit Office has again recorded that he had no observations to make in relation to CJI’s financial statements and issued a clean audit certificate,” said James Corrigan, Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland’s Chief Executive and Accounting Officer.

“During the financial year we published four inspection reports, one Ministerial Request and one Follow-up Review.  While our work in this financial year was impacted by a number of factors that meant inspections could not progress the way and in the timescale we had planned, I am pleased that 10 of 12 planned inspections and reviews were commenced, all recommendations made by CJI were accepted and monitoring the implementation and progress of previous report recommendations has been achieved.

“This Annual Report and Accounts shows that CJI continues to maintain effective corporate governance arrangements.  We had to flex and adapt our on-site fieldwork and office presence to the constantly changing landscape and availability of personnel in inspected organisations, partner Inspectorates and within our own team as we continued to undertake inspection work and publish our reports.  

“I am delighted to be submitting this report to the Northern Ireland Assembly today, placing on record the valuable work carried out by CJI during the course of the 2021-22 financial year to support improvement and secure a better justice system for all,” said Mr Corrigan.

CJI Chief Inspector Jacqui Durkin said: “The last financial year was challenging for everyone and tested how and where we work while maintaining effective inspection services. The review of Care and Supervision Units requested by the Minister of Justice and which I agreed to undertake, took longer and more of our Inspector resources to complete than anticipated, however, this was a worthwhile investment of our time and highlighted important issues.

"A number of inspections were underway at year end and will be published this financial year. I am grateful to the entire CJI team for their continued commitment and professionalism to deliver the Inspection Programme and achievements as reflected in this report,” said Ms Durkin.