Department of Justice (Northern Ireland)

Department of Justice (Northern Ireland)
Northern Ireland

This article is part of the series:
Politics and government of
Northern Ireland

Other countries · Atlas
Politics portal
view · talk · edit

The Department of Justice is a devolved Northern Ireland government department in the Northern Ireland Executive. The current Minister of Justice is David Ford, who is a member of the Northern Ireland Executive. The department was established on 12 April 2010 as part of the devolution of justice matters to the Northern Ireland Assembly.



The Minister of Justice is elected by a cross-community vote in the Northern Ireland Assembly, unlike all other Northern Ireland Executive posts, which are allocated by the d'Hondt method; the exception was made to resolve a dispute between the Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Fein. [1]

The Alliance Party of Northern Ireland successfully nominated its party leader, David Ford, on 12 April 2012.[2] Ford was re-elected to the position on 16 May 2010 [3] and is the incumbent Minister. [4]


The department supports the Minister of Justice in "building a fair, just and safer society". It has four stated objectives: to "work in partnership" to produce a safer society and reduce the risk, and fear, of crime; to ensure that everyone in Northern Ireland has access to justice, without undue delay; to protect the public by reducing offending and managing offenders; and to contribute to the Shared Future strategy (now known as the Cohesion, Sharing and Integration strategy) for Northern Ireland through the operation of the justice system and assist in "enhancing decision-making and strategic resource management". [5]


The Department of Justice's headquarters is located in Castle Buildings in Belfast. Its remit includes the following executive agencies:

The Probation Board for Northern Ireland is responsible to it as a non-departmental public body. The Police Service of Northern Ireland is operationally independent and accountable to the Northern Ireland Policing Board; the Minister of Justice has overall responsibility.


The Department of Justice is responsible for most everyday policing and justice powers in Northern Ireland. These include:[6]

Some policing and justice powers remain reserved to Westminster:[7]

A limited number of justice matters remain excepted and were not considered for devolution. These include:[8]

The Department of Justice’s main counterparts in the United Kingdom Government are:

In the Irish Government, its main counterpart is the Department of Justice and Equality.[12]

Ministers of Justice

Minister Party Took office Left office
Office created
    David Ford Alliance 12 April 2010

See also


  1. ^ "Deal brokered to end NI deadlock". BBC News. 2008-11-18. Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  2. ^ "David Ford secures justice job". BBC News. 2010-04-12. Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  3. ^ "New Stormont ministers announced". BBC News. 2011-05-16. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  4. ^ Northern Ireland Executive
  5. ^ Northern Ireland Budget 2011-15, page 86
  6. ^ "Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Amendment of Schedule 3) Order 2010". 2010-07-15. Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  7. ^ Northern Ireland Assembly Information Office. "''Policing and Justice'' motion, Northern ireland Assembly, 12 April 2010". Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  8. ^ "Northern Ireland Act 1998, Schedule 2". 1998-06-25. Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  9. ^ "About us". Home Office. Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  10. ^ "Ministry of Justice: About us". Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  11. ^ "Northern Ireland Office: About the NIO". 2010-04-12. Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  12. ^ "Department of Justice and Equality: What We Do". Retrieved 2011-03-22. 

External links

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Department of Education (Northern Ireland) — Coordinates: 54°38′24″N 5°40′34″W / 54.640°N 5.676°W / 54.640; 5.676 …   Wikipedia

  • Department of Justice — The names Department of Justice and Justice Department may refer to: Department of Justice (Canada) Department of Justice (Hong Kong) Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Ireland) Department of Justice (New Brunswick) Department of… …   Wikipedia

  • Northern Ireland Office — Northern Ireland This article is part of the series: Politics and government of Northern Ireland …   Wikipedia

  • Department of the Environment (Northern Ireland) — Northern Ireland This article is part of the series: Politics and government of Northern Ireland …   Wikipedia

  • Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) Act 2006 — The Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) Act 2006[1] Parliament of the United Kingdom Long title An Act to make provision for preparations for the res …   Wikipedia

  • Northern Ireland Executive — Logo of the Northern Ireland Executive Government overview Formed 2 December 1999 Jurisdiction …   Wikipedia

  • Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action — is the national infrastructure body for the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland. NICVA also hosts and manages several websites for Northern Ireland s voluntary and community sector online. Contents 1 History 2 Current work 3 Family …   Wikipedia

  • Northern Ireland Civil Service — Logo of the Northern Ireland Executive Northern Ireland This article is part of the …   Wikipedia

  • Northern Ireland — This article is about the country. For other uses, see Northern Ireland (disambiguation). Northern Ireland Tuaisceart Éireann Norlin Airlann …   Wikipedia

  • Northern Ireland — a political division of the United Kingdom, in the NE part of the island of Ireland. 1,537,200; 5238 sq. mi. (13,565 sq. km). Cap.: Belfast. * * * Part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland occupying the northeastern portion …   Universalium

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.