Policy for new provisions to tackle organised crime in NI

Consultation opened on 10 July 2020. Closing date 02 October 2020.


This consultation document seeks views on a range of proposals to reinforce the response to organised crime through the introduction of specific legislative provisions, including a statutory definition of serious organised crime and new offences of ‘directing’ organised crime; ‘participating’ in organised crime and provision for relevant offences to be ‘aggravated’ by a connection with organised crime.


Consultation description

This work is part of a wider strategic approach to tackling serious organised crime and also contributes to delivery of the current Outcomes Delivery Plan, in particular, Outcome 7: We have a safe community where we respect the law and each other. The policy intent is to ensure that law enforcement in Northern Ireland is able to avail of robust and appropriate legislative tools to investigate, disrupt, prosecute and bring to justice those involved in serious organised crime.  We want to send a strong message to criminals that we will not tolerate the harm they cause to individuals and communities within Northern Ireland.

The closing date for this consultation is 02 October 2020.

Consultees should respond via the NIDirect website

We can be contacted using the details provided below:

By Phone:     02890 522957

By Email:       OCB.enquiries@justice-ni.x.gsi.gov.uk

In writing:      

Organised Crime Branch
Protection and Organised Crime Division
Department of Justice
Castle Buildings
Stormont Estate

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