Competition for Prisoner Ombudsman for Northern Ireland launched

Date published: 12 January 2017


Justice Minister Claire Sugden has launched a competition to recruit a new Prisoner Ombudsman for Northern Ireland.

The Prisoner Ombudsman is responsible for investigating complaints from prisoners, visitors to prisoners, and deaths in Prison Service custody in Northern Ireland.

The current Prisoner Ombudsman Tom McGonigle will be leaving the post at the end of his term in May 2017.

Claire Sugden said: “The Prisoner Ombudsman holds a key investigative role in the criminal justice system and is vital in helping to ensure widespread confidence in the prison system.

“My Department is seeking applications from those who believe they can bring the essential wealth of experience, professionalism and knowledge to this demanding post. 

“I encourage anyone with an interest in criminal justice, who believes they have the necessary attributes and experience, to apply.”

The deadline for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Friday 3rd February 2017.  Late applications will not be accepted.

Notes to editors: 

Candidate information packs and applications forms are available on the DOJ website at here.

Copies are also available as follows:-

            Telephone: 028 90526196


By writing to:

Prisoner Ombudsman Appointment Team
Department of Justice
Room B4.13
Block B, Castle Buildings

The Department of Justice is committed to the principles of public appointments based on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process. The Department is committed to providing equality of opportunity for all applicants. Applications are welcomed regardless of age, gender, disability, marital status, religion, ethnic origin, political opinion, sexual orientation or whether or not you have dependants.

Candidate information packs and application forms can be provided in alternative formats and applicants requiring assistance will be facilitated on request. Applicants invited for interview will be eligible for re-imbursement of reasonable travelling expenses.

All media enquiries should be directed to the Department of Justice Press Office 028 9052 6139. Out of office hours please contact the duty press officer via pager number 07623 974 383 and your call will be returned.

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