Research Papers 2012

Synopsis Here you will find a list of Committee for Justice research papers published during 2012.

  • Supplementary Briefing on Human Trafficking

    Reference: 149/12 - Date: 09/10/2012

    This briefing paper examines whether there is evidence that stringent legislation reduces incidences of trafficking.

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  • Issues raised in relation to the Department of Justice legislative proposals on Human Trafficking

    Reference: 136/12 - Date: 24/09/2012

    This research paper examines issues raised by respondents to the Department of Justice legislative proposals on human trafficking in order to comply with the EU Directive 2011/36/EU and considers if other EU Countries have dealt with these issues in legislation

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  • Sentencing Comparisons in Northern Ireland and England and Wales

    Reference: 94/12 - Date: 28/05/2012

    This paper provides information on a comparison of sentencing statistics in Northern Ireland and England and Wales in relation to a range of offences for the year 2006.

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  • Briefing Paper on Hull Study Visit

    Reference: 131/12 - Date: 14/09/2012

    This briefing paper has been prepared to inform the Committee for Justice on a study visit to Hull. The purpose of the visit was to meet with multi-disciplinary representatives of criminal justice agencies including: Humberside police, Hull Youth Justice Service, Humberside Criminal Justice Board, HM Court Service and judiciary in relation to the Hull Triage system and to examine the youth court process.

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  • Criminal Justice Bill

    Reference: 123/12 - Date: 31/08/2012

    This paper provides information on the clauses of the Criminal Justice Bill and policy proposals underpinning the Bill.

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  • Initiatives to Improve Performance in England and Wales

    Reference: 109/12 - Date: 26/06/2012

    This briefing paper has been requested by the Justice Committee which has been considering the performance of the criminal justice system in relation to addressing avoidable delay. The paper provides information on initiatives introduced to improve performance and efficiency in England and Wales.

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  • Statutory Time Limits

    Reference: 108/12 - Date: 26/06/2012

    This research paper provides information on statutory time limits in Northern Ireland, England and Wales, Scotland, the Republic of Ireland

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  • Supplementary Briefing: Appointments to the Court of Appeal

    Reference: 61/12 - Date: 27/03/2012

    This paper has been prepared for the Committee for Justice’s review of the operation of the amendments made by Schedules 2 to 5 to the Northern Ireland Act 2009. The Committee for Justice has requested further information on the process of appointments to the Court of Appeal in England and Wales, and how it differs from the process in Northern Ireland.

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  • Appointments in Germany and the United States

    Reference: 60/12 - Date: 27/03/2012

    This research paper has been prepared to inform the Committee for Justice’s inquiry on Judicial Appointments. The paper provides information on the process of judicial appointments, promotions and removal from judicial office in Germany and the United States.

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  • Supplementary Briefing Paper on Victims and Witnesses and the Community

    Reference: 43/12 - Date: 24/02/2012

    This briefing paper is provided to assist the Committee for Justice in its inquiry on Victims and Witnesses. During a presentation to the Committee on three other papers related to the inquiry, two issues were identified for follow up information. They were as follows: Whether staff in Witness Care Units (WCUs)in England and Wales have legal powers to compel information to overcome difficulties in getting information from other agencies: Whether there are mechanisms to reassure or communicate to the wider community that a legal process has taken its course.

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  • Broadcasting in Courts

    Reference: 38/12 - Date: 17/02/2012

    The paper provides a summary of the current position with regards to filming in court in Northern Ireland. This information was requested by the Justice Committee who are considering the issue of filming in court proceedings, particularly the judge’s summing up and remarks.

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  • Victim Impact Statements

    Reference: 22/12 - Date: 07/02/2012

    This paper provides information on Victim Impact Statements in Northern Ireland and comparative information on England and Wales, Scotland, Republic of Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the United States.

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  • Statutory Requirements of Criminal Justice Agencies in Northern Ireland regarding Victims and Witnesses

    Reference: 20/12 - Date: 07/02/2012

    This paper has been prepared to assist the Justice Committee in its inquiry on victims and witnesses in the criminal justice system. This briefing paper provides information on each of the criminal justice organisations and outlines the statutory requirements on criminal justice agencies in Northern Ireland with regards to victims and witnesses, where appropriate.

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  • Supplementary Briefing Paper on Victims and Witnesses

    Reference: 21/12 - Date: 07/02/2012

    The Justice Committee requested this briefing paper to assist with its inquiry on victims and witnesses. This briefing paper provides information on three additional areas listed below. Identified obstacles on getting cases to court or the trial starting; Updated information on a police local community pilot scheme for domestic violence victims; The scope of Witnesses Care Units and the parts of the process not covered by them

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  • Judicial appointments in Northern Ireland

    Reference: 19/12 - Date: 07/02/2012

    This paper looks at the process of judicial appointments in Northern Ireland, including the changes that have taken place since the Review of Criminal Justice following the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement. It compares the process in Northern Ireland with that operating in the rest of the UK and in the Republic of Ireland. It also describes the processes in Australia and Canada.

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  • Justice Related Issues Regarding Car Insurance Costs

    Reference: 15/12 - Date: 27/01/2012

    This paper proves information on the legal processes, legal fees and compensation levels involved in personal injury cases in NI and other jurisdictions. It also considers car crime and fraudulent claims and any impact on insurance premiums.

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