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2011


22 December 2011
In December 2010 CJI published its thematic inspection of the handling of domestic violence and abuse cases by the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland. 

22 December 2011
Inspectorate receives action plan in response to the report on the Juvenile Justice Centre.
 
An action plan details the Youth Justice Agency’s recommendations and response.
 
CJI inspectors will examine progress against the inspection recommendations and commitments outlined in the action plan when the organisation carries out its follow-up review to assess progress between 18 months to two years after the publication of the inspection report.

22 December 2011

In November 2011 CJI was asked by the Council of Europe to deliver a series of seminars as part of a programme on the monitoring and handling of complaints against the police to be delivered in the North Caucasus Federal District of the Russian Federation. 


07 December 2011
A report on the care and treatment of victims and witnesses in the criminal justice centre was published today stating that further change is necessary to address the needs of victims and witnesses.

24 November 2011
Dr Michael Maguire was one of a number of speakers who addressed the 10th Anniversary Conference entitled 'Challenge and Change - A new conversation for Policing in Northern Ireland' which was held in the University of Ulster, Jordanstown. 

24 November 2011
Dr Michael Maguire was one of a number of speakers who addressed the 10th Anniversary Conference entitled 'Challenge and Change - A new conversation for Policing in Northern Ireland' which was held in the University of Ulster, Jordanstown. 

10 November 2011
A report on Enforcement in Department of Environment (DOE) has recognised the good progress in increasing the profile and importance of enforcement with the DOE and its agencies. 

03 November 2011

A report on the Woodlands Juvenile Justice Centre (JJC) has commended the professional practice and continued improvements at Woodlands. View press release. View full report. View Ebook summary.


17 October 2011
A follow-up inspection report on prisoner resettlement by the Northern Ireland Prison Service was published today by CJI stating that, while the process of resettlement of offenders has improved the outcomes for prisoners are less obvious.
 
“The introduction of legislation, namely the Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 2008, has made a real difference in prisoner resettlement but there remains a greater emphasis on what is put into the process rather than the outcomes achieved,” said Dr Michael Maguire, chief inspector of Criminal Justice in Northern Ireland.

10 October 2011
Two follow-up inspection reports on Hydebank Wood Young Offenders Centre and Ash House, Hydebank Wood Prison published today by CJI have commended staff for their great efforts to improve the facilities over last 3 years but reiterated the recommendations made by the Inspectorate in its original 2007 inspection report, which stated that further progress cannot be achieved within the present regimes operating in both facilities, which both require a complete overhaul.

06 October 2011
Dr Michael Maguire briefed the Justice Committee on its inspection into the independence of the Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland (OPONI) from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).

26 September 2011
An action plan prepared in response to CJI's thematic inspection of the ways in which legal services are provided by the criminal justice system has been submitted to the Inspectorate today.  The action plan which has been approved by the Minister of Justice, David Ford MLA outlines the work which will be undertaken by the Department of Justice, the Public Prosecution Service, the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service and other criminal justice organisations in response to CJI's inspection recommendations.
 
CJI inspectors will examine progress against the inspection recommendations and commitments outlined in the action plan when the organisation carries out its follow-up review to assess progress between 18 months to two years after the publication of the inspection report.

22 September 2011
Dr Michael Maguire briefed the Justice Committee on the use of Legal Services by the Criminal Justice System. Dr Maguire called for action to improve how legal services are currently provided. View Report Summary Ebook, View PDF

09 September 2011
The Probation Board for Northern Ireland (PBNI) has provided CJI with an action plan in response to recommendations made in its inspection of pre-sentence reports.

05 September 2011

CJI's Chief Inspector Dr Michael Maguire has indicated the independence of the Office of the Police Ombudsman has been lowered in an inspection report published today.  View press release. View full report. View e-book.


01 September 2011
CJI has published the findings of an inspection examining the governance arrangements in place for the Parole Commissioners for Northern Ireland (PCNI).

05 August 2011
Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland is currently consulting on its revised Equality Scheme together with its Equality Action Plan. The consultation period will commence on 5 August until 31th October 2011.  View PDF.

04 August 2011
Despite the majority of work undertaken by CRJI not meeting the threshold for inclusion under the Government’s Protocol for community-based restorative justice, Inspectors welcomed positive developments within the organisation and the value placed on their partnerships with other bodies. View press release. View Report.

28 July 2011
CJI’s latest report looking into youth diversion in Northern Ireland highlights the importance, where possible, of dealing with young people appropriately through diversionary measures. View press release. View Report. View e-book summary.

30 June 2011
Dr Michael Maguire briefed the Justice Committee on the work of the Criminal Justice Inspectorate, their inspection programme and reports due.

28 June 2011

CJI has called for action to improvements the way legal services are provided across the justice system in Northern Ireland in a new report published today. View press release. View Report. View e-book summary.

 


24 June 2011
Criminal Justice Inspection has issued its Business Plan for the current financial year.  The Business Plan lists CJI's organisational goals for 2011-12 and the programme of inspections and inspection reviews/action plan reviews the Inspectorate intends to undertake. View e-book. View press release.

22 June 2011
The standard of pre-sentence reports prepared for the criminal justice system by the Probation Board for Northern Ireland has been praised by CJI Inspectors.  Deputy Chief Inspector Brendan McGuigan said the inspection recognised the major impact that pre-sentence reports could have for offenders both pre and post sentence as well for the public at large. View press release. View PDF report. View e-book summary.

13 June 2011
An independent inspection of public protection arrangements in Northern Ireland has highlighted progress made in the four years since CJI's last inspection was carried out. View press release. View report. View e-book summary.

08 June 2011
Dr Michael Maguire has given a presentation to members of the Criminal Bar Association at its annual conference at Queen's University, Belfast on Saturday 4 June.  Dr Maguire's remarks focused on the findings of CJI's Not a Marginal Issue inspection which examined how the criminal justice system engaged with those with mental health issues.  View presentation. View report.

02 June 2011
Northern Ireland's Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice  Dr Michael Maguire has emphasised the importance of good communication in securing the attendance of victims, witnesses and defendants at court in a new inspection report published today. View Press Release.  View Report. View e-book summary.

26 May 2011
A new report by CJI has urged the Police Service of Northern Ireland to deliver against its stated intent of delivering personal, professional and protective policing to local communities.  View press releaseView reportView e-book summary.

24 May 2011
Dr Michael Maguire has joined colleagues and stakeholders from across the justice system for a one-day conference focusing on Policing and Justice issues.  The conference set out to examine the key issues facing the local Department of Justice as devolution settles down beyond its initial phase.  In his speech, the Chief Inspector was invited to speak about the Challenges and Opportunities in developing the justice system of the future.  Among the speakers attending the event which is in its second year were Prof Shadd Maruna (QUB); Ronnie Armour (NIPS); Chief Supt Peter Farrar (PSNI); Alan Hunter (Law Society for Northern Ireland) Paul Doran (PBNI) Paula Jack (YJA) and Pauline McCabe (Prisoner Ombudsman for Northern Ireland).  To view a copy of Dr Maguire's remarks, click here.
 

12 May 2011
Dr Michael Maguire has published the terms of reference for an inspection of the operational independence of the Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland.  Work on the inspection will commence immediately and It is CJI's intention to seek to publish the inspection when it is completed. View press release.

22 April 2011
Dr Michael Maguire, CJI's Chief Inspector is to lead a review of the operational independence of the Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland (OPONI)from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).  The review is being carried out at the request of the Police Ombudsman, Al Hutchinson.  Work will start immediately to draft Terms of Reference for CJI's work, which will be made public when they become available.  Dr Maguire has indicated the report will "provide an impartial, evidence-based analysis of the relationship between the Police Ombudsman's Office and the Police Service of Northern Ireland."  He is to seek to publish the findings of the report by the end of June.  CJI has previously carried out inspections in relation to the Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland in 2005 and again in 2007.  Both inspections can be found on this website by following the links shown.

25 March 2011
CJI has today published a summary of its inspection report findings for 2010. This document gives an overview of the breadth of work undertaken during the year by the Inspectorate together with the key findings. 
 
The inspection work is a mix of organisation specific studies, follow-up work on previous inspections and thematic inspections that involve more than one organisation. 

To view the document please click here.

25 March 2011
Dr Michael Maguire was one of three distinguished speakers to address members of the Independent Monitoring Boards (IMBs) at this year's annual general meeting held in the Hilton Hotel, Templepatrick.  Joining him at the event were the Justice Minister David Ford MLA, Colin McConnell, Director General of the Northern Ireland Prison Service and Dessie Bannon from the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust.  During his remarks Dr Maguire highlighted the objectives of CJI, the impact what happens within a prison can have outside a prison and  he looked to the future in terms of the role of the IMBs in delivering change.   To view a copy of Dr Maguire's speaking notes, please click here.

24 March 2011
CJI has today launched a recruitment campaign to identify a talented, professional individual to join its multi-disciplinary inspection team.  The campaign will be open for three weeks and will provide the successful candidate with an opportunity to join a vibrant, forward-thinking organisation and play a key role in delivery of a challenging inspection programme involving each of the major justice organisations during 2011-12.  For further information or to apply for this challenging post, please visit the vacancies section of this website.  The closing date for completed application forms is 5pm on Friday 15 April 2011.

15 March 2011
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.
 
Its annual Award Scheme and Development Programme, helps the Trust to develop effective care for offenders by identifying and promoting excellence and innovation by Prison and Probation Service and criminal justice social work staff, contractors and volunteers.  It also helps in developing and disseminating best practice in the care and resettlement of offenders throughout the UK and providing professional and personal development opportunities for staff.  For further information on the work of the Butler Trust, please follow the link.

28 February 2011
CJI's Chief Inspector Dr Michael Maguire has welcomed the findings and new direction for the Northern Ireland Prison Service advocated by Dame Anne Owers and her Review Team in their interim report which was published today. View Press Release.
 

28 February 2011
Dr Michael Maguire addresses the Justice Committee on the Northern Ireland Prison Service Corporate Governance Arrangements Inspection Report published in December 2010. View PDF

09 February 2011
CJI is one of 18 UK-wide member bodies designated OPCAT responsibilities. Today, the first annual report of the UK's National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) is published. To view report please click here.

19 January 2011
Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland is today hosting its 8th annual stakeholder conference at the Stormont Hotel, Belfast. The theme of this year's conference is oversight and accountability.

01 December 2010
CJI has today publically reported on how domestic violence and abuse cases are handled by the criminal justice system. View report. View press release.



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