Criminal Justice Inspection publishes annual Business Plan and Inspection Programme for 2021-22

Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland (CJI) has published its annual Business Plan and Inspection Programme for 2021-22.
The plan outlines the work the Inspectorate intends to undertake during the incoming financial year.
“The annual Business Plan details our objectives and targets for 2021-22 and how we will use inspection to deliver performance improvement in the criminal justice system, to achieve a better experience and better outcomes for those who use its services,” said James Corrigan, Chief Executive of Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland.
“The Chief Inspector has developed an ambitious Inspection Programme which has been approved by the Minister of Justice and supports our aim of achieving a better justice system for all,” he said.
Speaking about the Inspection Programme, Ms Jacqui Durkin, Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice in Northern Ireland said it was aligned with the themes identified in the three-year CJI Corporate Plan of better services and delivery; better efficiency and effectiveness; better protection and safeguarding; better strategy and governance; and better outcomes.
The Inspection Programme includes inspections already in progress, inspections carried forward from the last financial year - some of which require on-site fieldwork – and new inspections.  CJI will also carry out Follow-up Reviews to assess progress in implementing recommendations made in previous inspection reports.
“We recognise the last year has been challenging for all inspected organisations, especially those engaged in delivering front-line services, and that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will continue this financial year,” said Ms Durkin.
“While we look forward this year to period of recovery, the restoration on on-site fieldwork and office-based team working, we will continue new ways of working developed in 2020-21 by undertaking meetings and focus groups using video conferencing technology where this is better for our stakeholders.
“The Chief Executive and I look forward to a challenging year ahead and reporting our progress in our Annual Report and Accounts,” she concluded.