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Ford Appoints new Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice

Justice Minister David Ford has appointed Brendan McGuigan as Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice for Northern Ireland.
Friday, 30 November 2012

The post of Chief Inspector is one of the most challenging and crucial aspects of the Criminal Justice System.

Minister of Justice David Ford MLA,Northern Ireland Department of Justice

Mr McGuigan was previously acting Chief Inspector from 16 July 2012. His appointment as Chief Inspector is effective from Friday 30 November 2012.

Minister of Justice, David Ford MLA said: “The post of Chief Inspector is one of the most challenging and crucial aspects of the Criminal Justice System.

“Brendan brings a wealth of experience to the role and I look forward to working with him as I continue my reform agenda to create an effective and fairer justice system for the whole of Northern Ireland.”

The appointment was made in accordance with the CPA NI Code of Practice.

The appointment is for three years with the possibility of an extension following an assessment of satisfactory performance. The post is full time with a salary of £102,921.

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process.  However, the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland requires the political activity of appointees to be published. Mr McGuigan has declared no political activity and holds no other public appointments.

Notes to editors

  1. Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland (CJINI) is an independent public body established under the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002.
  2. Mr McGuigan was previously Deputy Chief Inspector and Chief Executive of the Criminal Justice Inspection NI.
  3. The aim of CJINI is to promote the effectiveness, efficiency and even-handedness of the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland. The Criminal Justice Inspection NI is the only unified inspectorate in the UK or Ireland.  It may inspect all agencies that form part of the criminal justice system apart from the judiciary.  Agencies that CJINI may inspect include the police service, prison service, public prosecution service, youth justice and courts.
  4. All media enquiries should be directed to the Department of Justice Press Office on 028 9052 6444. Out of office hours please contact the duty press officer via pager number 07699 715440 and your call will be returned.