Category Archives: Justice

Crime in numbers

agendaNi examines the trends for offending in Northern Ireland, which indicate a general decrease in crime, a rise in recorded violent crime, and lower reoffending rates compared to Great Britain. Recorded crime...

Prison population growing

Northern Ireland’s prison numbers are growing but the province still jails a relatively small proportion of its population. A recent increase in the prison population has been driven by a rising number...

The court caseloads

agendaNi examines the main recent trends in court business, including a decreasing number of defendants and a rising number of children’s cases. The magistrates’ courts are the busiest part of the courts...

Causes of crime

Andrew Percy discusses the factors which can lead to offending and the value of restorative justice. All offenders are personally responsible for their crimes but a number of external factors can also...

Justice Bill under scrutiny

agendaNi considers the main proposals within the current Justice Bill. Its main aim is to speed up court processes and improve protections for victims. Court procedures At present, Northern Ireland has seven...

Criminal records changes

The Department of Justice plans to make the criminal records system more flexible. Decisions on whether to disclose information on a person’s criminal record are important in protecting children and vulnerable adults...

Hate crime rising

agendaNi examines how increased intolerance is resulting in more attacks against minorities. The most recent statistics from the PSNI show a disconcerting increase over the last 12 months in most categories of...

Fresh focus on civil legal aid

The cost of criminal legal aid is falling and attention is now turning to the bill for civil cases. Having enjoyed some recent success in reducing the cost to the public purse...

Joining up justice

Justice Minister David Ford explains how the different parts of the criminal justice system – and its partners in wider society – are working together to share ideas and deliver practical change....

Plans to tackle human trafficking

Following on from a widespread public debate about human trafficking, Justice Minister David Ford has launched a consultation on improving how Northern Ireland’s justice system responds to the crime. “Human trafficking and...