Department of Justice


Report published on impact of sex purchase offence ... more
18 September 2019
Continued success in the fight against organised crime groups operating in Northern Ireland ... more
12 September 2019
New Independent Chair appointed to Northern Ireland Search and Rescue Group ... more

Our responsibilities

Justice and the law

Compensation, North-South co-operation and Access to Justice reports and policies.

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Legal aid

Information about the Legal Services Agency Northern Ireland, forms and guidance for legal professionals and guidance for members of the public.

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The Northern Ireland Prison Service - read more about prison life, prison reform, the prison estate, management issues and family contact.

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Youth justice

Information on services, structures, profiles, managing youth offending and victims of crime.

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Forensic science

Information about the structure, services offered and specialist work undertaken by Forensic Science Northern Ireland

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Policing and community safety

Policies, strategies and legislation on criminal history disclosure, organised crime, policing and community safety.

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Statistics and research

The Department's statistics on crime surveys, reoffending, victims and witnesses, prison population, compendia, omnibus survey, prosecutions and convictions. 

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Courts and Tribunals

Welcome to the new Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals webpages.Please take a few minutes to read our NICTS Privacy Notice to see how your personal information is processed.Please note that from 1st April 2019, the following online fees will increase as follows: ICOS online searching Modules - fee per search will be increasing from £24 to £25; Copy orders online - fee per copy order will be increasing from £10 to £11.Below you will find information on the work of the NICTS including attending courts, paying fines, appealing a sentence, jury service and the tribunals.Information about the judiciary, judicial decisions and other specific judicial matters can be found on the Judiciary NI website here.

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Our documents

Access to information

How to request information from the Department of Justice including Freedom of Information (FOI) and the use of our Publication Scheme.

Management and structure

The Department is headed by a Permanent Secretary and has three Directorates - Access to Justice, Safer Communities and Justice Delivery - to deliver on the Minister’s priorities ... more

Contact us

Department of Justice
Block B
Castle Buildings
Stormont Estate
Northern Ireland

Tel: (028) 9076 3000
Textphone: (028) 9052 7668

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