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Welcome to the Home Page of the Committee for Justice. The Committee was established to advise and assist the Minister of Justice, Mr. David Ford MLA, on matters within his responsibility as a Minister. The Committee undertakes a scrutiny, policy development and consultation role with respect to the Department of Justice and plays a key role in the consideration and development of legislation. The Committee Chairperson is Alastair Ross MLA. 

Here you will find information about the Committee membership and the work of the Committee.

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The Committee for Justice will hold its next meeting on Thursday 4 February, 2016 at 3pm in Room 30, Parliament Buildings. 

Forthcoming business will be published in the Business Diary.

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Committee Clerk: Christine Darrah

Room 242,Parliament Buildings,
Belfast,BT4 3XX

Tel: (028) 9052 1629

Committee for Justice Seminars on Innovation in the Criminal Justice System

The Committee for Justice, as part of its work programme, is seeking to consider and discuss innovative approaches that could be adopted as part of the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland. With that in mind, the Committee is launching a series of Justice Seminars to provide the Committee, Members of the Judiciary, legal experts and key stakeholders with the opportunity to discuss innovation in the justice system.

Click here for further information on the seminars and details of when they will be taking place.

Justice No.2 Bill

Committee Stage

The Justice No.2 Bill was formally introduced to the Northern Ireland Assembly on 30 June 2015 and passed its Second Stage on 8 September 2015. The Committee for Justice completed the Committee Stage of the Bill on 15 January 2016 and a copy of its Report can be found here.

Click here for more information on the Justice No.2 Bill including the minutes of evidence and written evidence received.

If you have any queries or require any further information please contact the Committee office on 028 9052 1629 or 028 9052 1401.


In Focus Discussion on a Charter for Victims of Crime in Northern Ireland

The Chair of the Committee, Mr Alastair Ross MLA joined Geraldine Hanna, Victim Support NI on the NVTV show on 15 December 2015 to discuss a Charter for Victims of Crime in Northern Ireland.

To view the discussion on the NVTV website please click on the link below:

Report Into Criminal Justice Services

The Assembly Justice Committee published a Report in June 2012 into the Criminal Justice services available to victims and witnesses of crime. The Report highlighted the Committee’s view that much more needs to be done to redress the balance in the criminal justice system and treat victims and witnesses of crime in an appropriate manner.

Read the report...

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