Sentencing Review Northern Ireland

Consultation opened on 28 October 2019. Closing date 03 February 2020.


This consultation document seeks your views on sentencing policy both generally and on a range of specific areas where sentencing has raised particular challenges for the criminal justice system.


Consultation description

Responding to this Consultation

The Department is seeking your views on the issues raised by this consultation and any other comments on sentencing policy that you consider relevant.  You have a choice to respond to the whole consultation or just those areas that interest you.  

We would be particularly pleased to hear from victims of crime, organisations representing victims, the police, criminal justice practitioners, and others who have been thorough the justice system.

A summary of the questions raised in the consultation document can be found at pages 122 to 156. 

We would encourage you to respond to the consultation using the on-line facility on citizen space, accessible via:

If you require a hard copy or alternative format of this consultation document or have any other enquiries please email your request to

The Department will publish a summary of responses to the consultation. 

Public Engagement Events

A number of public engagement events are planned over the consultation period.  These will be held on:


Time and Registration Link


11 November 2019

7.00pm – 8.30pm (Closed)

Waterfoot Hotel

Caw Roundabout


BT47 6TB

13 November 2019

7.00pm – 8.30pm (Closed)

Fermanagh House

Broadmeadow Place


BT74 7HR

14 November 2019

7.00pm – 8.30pm (Closed)

Craigavon Civic Centre

66 Lakeview Road


BT64 1AL

4 December 2019

3.00pm – 4.30pm (Closed)

7.00pm – 8.30pm

Clifton House

North Queen Street


BT15 1EQ

13 January 2020

7.00pm – 8.30pm

Food Technology Centre

Loughry Campus
76 Dungannon Road
BT80 9AA
16 January 2020

7.00pm – 8.30pm

Adair Arms Hotel
Kells Suite
1-7 Ballymoney Road
BT43 5BS
20 January 2020

7.00pm – 8.30pm

Newry Conference Centre
39 – 41 The Mall
BT34 1AR


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