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Criminal Justice Board

Volume 450: debated on Monday 16 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland who the members are of the Criminal Justice Board in Northern Ireland; how many times it has met in each year since its formation; and whether its minutes are published. (44889)

The Criminal Justice Board is made up of the heads or senior representatives of the seven main statutory criminal justice agencies in Northern Ireland and is chaired by the Director of Criminal Justice in the Northern Ireland Office.

Board Members are:

The Director of Northern Ireland Court Service;

The Director General of the Northern Ireland Prison Service;

ACC Criminal Justice, Police Service of Northern Ireland;

The Chief Executive of the Probation Service for Northern Ireland;

The Director of the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland;

The Chief Executive of the Youth Justice Agency; and

A senior representative of the Attorney General's Office.

The Board was formed in May 1998, the frequency of meetings since then is set out in the following table:

Number of meetings

1998

3

1999

4

2000

5

2001

5

2002

3

2003

4

2004

7

2005

10

Following a review of the board's operation and structure, meetings now take place on a two monthly cycle, with the facility to arrange special meetings at the request of the board.

The minutes from the board meetings are not published.