Applications open for new Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice

Date published: 22 July 2019

The Department of Justice is seeking to appoint a new Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice in Northern Ireland.

Permanent Secretary, Peter May, said: “The Chief Inspector is an independent, public voice who seeks to promote public confidence in the criminal justice system and has a major impact on its performance and delivery. 

“This is a challenging and demanding position with a public profile that requires a high calibre individual with the appropriate skills and experience.  The successful candidate will provide leadership, build effective relationships, drive improvements in performance and demonstrate effective communication and the ability to think strategically.”

The strategic aim of Criminal Justice Inspection is to promote the effectiveness, efficiency and even-handedness of the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland.  It plays a vital role in the architecture of criminal justice, seeking to secure improvement and greater co-operation so as to provide a better justice system for the whole community in Northern Ireland.

The inspectorate can examine all agencies in the criminal justice system, apart from the judiciary.

The appointment, a full-time post which carries a salary of £112,542 is for three years, with the successful candidate being able to reapply for a second term at the end of the initial appointment.

Agencies that CJINI may inspect include the police service, prison service, public prosecution service, youth justice and courts.

The closing date for applications is noon on Friday 9 August 2019.  Interviews will be held in mid-September and the appointment is expected to be made at the end of November 2019.

Notes to editors: 

  1. The appointment is made by the Department of Justice under powers contained in the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002.
  2. Brendan McGuigan has held the position since 2012 but his tenure comes to an end on 29 November 2019.
  3. Further information on the role and the application form are available at Justice NI/Appointment, by telephone at:028 90169537, e-mail: or in writing: Chief Inspector CJI Appointment Team, Legacy and Justice Transformation Branch, Department of Justice, Massey House, Stormont Estate, Belfast, BT4 3SX.
  4. The Department of Justice welcomes applications from all suitably qualified people irrespective of religious belief, gender, disability, ethnic origin, political opinion, age, marital status, sexual orientation or whether or not they have dependents.  All applications for appointment are considered strictly on merit.
  5. Further information on CJINI can be found on its website
  6. All media enquiries should be directed to the Department of Justice Press Office, 028 9052 6444. Out of office hours please contact the duty press officer via pager number 028 9037 8110 and your call will be returned.

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