Research Papers 2012

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

Broadcasting in Courts

- 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

- 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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Supplementary Briefing Paper on Victims and Witnesses

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

- 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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Judicial appointments in Northern Ireland

- 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

- 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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