Review of the Public Petitions Procedures - Terms of Reference

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee on Procedures is undertaking a Review of the Public Petitions Procedures in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

The aim of the review is to examine the effectiveness of current procedures and to consider if a revised system of public petitions should be introduced to the Assembly.

The terms of reference for the review are as follows:

1. Consider the current Assembly procedures and processes relating to public petitions;

2. Examine examples of petitions previously presented to the Assembly and determine any measurable outcomes;

3. Consult with stakeholders and obtain views on a public petitions process including e-petitions;

4. Carry out research to examine learning and examples of best practice from other legislatures;

5. Consider options for enhancement of public petitions procedures; and

6. Make recommendations for Standing Orders to reflect the Committee’s findings.

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