April - June


Kit Chivers, Brendan McGuigan and members of the CJI Inspection team welcomed Dawn Purvis and David Ervine, MLA of the Progressive Unionist Party to CJI headquarters as part of the CJI’s efforts to engage with all political parties and key opinion formers.


Ulster Unionist Party leader Sir Reg Empey and North Down MP Lady Sylvia Hermon met with CJI as part of on-going efforts by the Chief Inspector and his staff to engage with different political parties and key opinion formers.


Brendan McGuigan gave a presentation to a group of senior police officers, judges and prison governors from Iraq who were attending a course at Bramshill Police Staff College in Hampshire on the challenges faced post conflict for a criminal justice system.  During the presentation, the Deputy Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice explained how inspection could contribute positively towards the change and improvement of criminal justice systems.

Kit Chivers and Brendan McGuigan met with three representatives of the Alliance Party as part of ongoing efforts to develop greater understanding of the work of CJI and to engage with members of different political parties and key opinion formers.  The meeting was attended by Dr Stephen Farry Alliance Party Justice spokesman, Allan Leonard, Alliance Party General Secretary and Robert Logan, a member of Carrickfergus DPP.

CJI published its inspection report of the Social Security Agency’s Benefit Investigation Service.

CJI published its thematic inspection on Avoidable Delay within the criminal justice system.  The report was handed over to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Peter Hain and other Ministers following a presentation on its findings by Kit Chivers Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice and CJI Inspector James Corrigan in London.
CJI and HM Inspector of Prisons published a joint Inspection of Maghaberry Prison.  The Inspection report into Maghaberry Prison and press release can be found on the CJI website.
The Chief Inspector addressed a private meeting of Craigavon District Policing Partnership.  Mr Chivers spoke to the Chairman and DPP members about the work of CJI and the part they would play in a forthcoming inspection of Community Safety Partnerships that includes Craigavon.
CJI (Kit Chivers and Paul Mageean) again set the challenge for Common Purpose’s annual Challenge Day on the criminal justice system. A total of 37 participants in the Common Purpose programme spent a day wrestling with topical issues in the field of criminal justice, starting with a morning in Maghaberry Prison and visiting a range of agencies and voluntary organisations in the afternoon. The evening feedback session featured a panel comprising Resident Magistrate Fiona Bagnall, Alice Chapman (YJA), Fiona Greene (VSNI), Debbie Watters (NI Alternatives), Adrian Arbuthnot (NIO), Pat Conway (NIACRO) and Kit Chivers.
Secretary of State Peter Hain has re-appointed Kit Chivers as Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice for a further two years commencing on the 4 August 2006. Kit was appointed in 2003 for three years with the possibility of extension to five.
The Chief Inspector signs a protocol for co-operation with the NI Prisoner Ombudsman, Brian Coulter.
Meloney McVeigh joins CJI as Media and Communications Officer.