The purpose of the criminal justice system is to reduce crime, bring offenders to justice, protect the public, provide the victims of crime with justice, and to ensure justice is administered in a fair and just way. The effective delivery of criminal justice depends upon the organisations involved in the system working collaboratively. Our review focuses on the collective performance of the four main justice organisations. These include the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), the Public Prosecution Service (the PPS), the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service (NICTS), and the Department of Justice in their role of providing oversight of the entire system. The review will examine;
- the key performance issues which have affected criminal justice;
- the main factors which have hindered the system acting collaboratively to improve performance over a long period of time;
- the most significant of the reform initiatives implemented by the system since 2015; and
- some of the key challenges which may hinder the ability of these reforms to deliver a true transformation in service quality.
We aim to publish our report in April 2018.