Press Release

Assembly Committee for Justice visits Forensic Science Laboratories

Session: 2011/2012

Date: Friday, 25 November 2011

Reference: JUS 03/11/12

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Justice visited Forensic Science Northern Ireland (FSNI) yesterday. As well as a tour of the alcohol, drug and toxicology labs and the DNA unit, the Committee was shown a mock crime scene to demonstrate how evidence is gathered.

Committee Chairman, Paul Givan said: “Our visit has been very interesting. What we have learnt about the processing and storage of DNA will be very helpful when the Committee is considering proposed changes to the policy on DNA/fingerprint retention. This will form part of a Bill to be brought forward by the Department of Justice early in the New Year.

“We also received a very informative briefing from Stan Brown, FSNI Chief Executive. He spoke about the challenges facing the organisation, new developments in DNA technology and progress on the new accommodation being built to improve laboratory facilities.

“The Committee appreciated the opportunity to meet FSNI staff and discuss their work which plays a crucial role in the investigation and prosecution of crime in Northern Ireland.”

ENDS

Members the Assembly Committee for Justice on a visit to Forensic Science Northern Ireland.

Members the Assembly Committee for Justice on a visit to Forensic Science Northern Ireland.
Pictured L to R: Alban Maginness MLA; Stan Brown, Chief Executive Forensic Science Northern Ireland; Committee Chair, Paul Givan MLA; Peter Weir MLA and Committee Deputy Chair, Raymond McCartney MLA

Notes to Editors:
Membership of the Committee:

Chairperson: Paul Givan MLA
Deputy Chairperson: Raymond McCartney MLA
Sydney Anderson MLA
Stewart Dickson MLA
Colum Eastwood MLA
Seán Lynch MLA
Jennifer McCann MLA
Basil McCrea MLA
Alban Maginness MLA
Peter Weir MLA
Jim Wells MLA

All enquiries regarding the work of the Committee should be directed to the Committee Clerk:

Christine Darrah
Room 242, Parliament Buildings,
Ballymiscaw, Stormont, Belfast, BT4 3XX
Phone: 028 9052 1629
Fax: 028 9052 1371
E-mail: committee.justice@niassembly.gov.uk

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