CJI News

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A new report looking at the detention of persons in the custody of the court in Northern Ireland has found the quality of court custody areas in some courthouses are not fit for purpose.

Leadership and staff at Magilligan Prison have been commended by Inspectors for their efforts to successfully protect prisoners and colleagues during the COVID-19 pandemic while maintaining a regime where time out of cell for prisoners was retained for much of the day.
The UK National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) has today published its 12th Annual Report for 2020-21.  The report details the work carried out by CJI and other designated organisations to ensure the rights of those in places of detention such as prison and police custody.  This year’s report focuses on the challenges and impacts of the COVID pandemic on people deprived of their liberty in the UK, as well as on inspection and monitoring bodies.
Follow the link to the UK National Preventive Mechanism 2020-21 Annual Report to find out more.

An independent Review of Care and Supervision Units (CSUs) in Northern Ireland’s prisons urges improvements to meet United Nations Standard Minimum Rules (known as the Mandela Rules) and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons Expectations, to provide assurance and deliver better prisoner outcomes.
Inspectors are to undertake an announced inspection of Woodlands Juvenile Justice Centre (JJC/Centre) - Northern Ireland’s custodial facility for children - as part of its regular programme of inspections of places of detention.  

CJI Chief Inspector Jacqui Durkin has urged criminal justice organisations to take account of the specific issues and sensitivities affecting women and girls under 18 years when dealing with females who are suspected or convicted of committing a criminal offence.
Chief Inspector Jacqui Durkin has welcomed the work of the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service’s Fine Collection and Enforcement Service (FCS) to reduce the level of outstanding fines and monetary penalties.
Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland (CJI) has today (7 July 2021) published its Annual Report and Accounts for 2020-21

Inspectors are about to commence an Inspection of File Quality, Disclosure and Case Progression and Trial Recovery from the Coronavirus Pandemic.  The terms of reference have been provided to the criminal justice agencies and are available here
If you are interested in making you views known to inspectors about this important work please contact the inspection team by email to [email protected].
CJI has published the terms of reference for its thematic inspection of Leadership Development and Well-being support in the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland.  Initial scoping and research to  inform the inspection has been undertaken and fieldwork is now underway.
CJI’s Chief Inspector Jacqui Durkin and Chief Executive James Corrigan have published the Inspectorate’s annual Business Plan and Inspection Programme for 2021-22.
CJI Chief Inspector Jacqui Durkin has urged criminal justice organisations to focus on taking forward all outstanding inspection recommendations following the publication of the No Excuse domestic violence and abuse inspection Follow-up Review.
CJI Chief Inspector Jacqui Durkin has today published the terms of reference for the CJI review of the operation of Care and Supervision Units by the Northern Ireland Prison Service (NIPS).