Long launches competition for new Parole Commissioners for Northern Ireland

Date published: 24 March 2022

Justice Minister Naomi Long has launched a competition to recruit a number of new Parole Commissioners for Northern Ireland.

Justice Minister Naomi Long pictured

Justice Minister Naomi Long has launched a competition to recruit a number of new Parole Commissioners for Northern Ireland. 

Speaking about the roles, Naomi Long said: “The Parole Commissioners for Northern Ireland is an independent body, critical to the process of deciding whether offenders eligible for parole are safe to release back into the community.  Public protection is always paramount and painstaking risk assessment is the key to making a robust decision.

“These are important positions and we are seeking applicants who will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to these appointments as well as the necessary high degree of independence and robust professionalism.”

The vacancies are across two categories of Commissioner:  Legal and Psychiatry/Psychology.

Anyone who believes they have the necessary attributes and experience to make a positive contribution to the work of the Parole Commissioners is encouraged to apply.

Applications close at 12 noon UK local time on Thursday 14 April 2022.  For more information call 028 9052 0037 or 028 9052 6496 or email.


Notes to editors: 

1. Candidate information packs and applications forms are available at the publication section of this website.

2. Copies are also available as follows:-

By writing to:

PCNI Appointments 2022
Department of Justice
Policing Policy and Strategy Division
Room A4.15
Block A Castle Buildings

3. The Parole Commissioners were established on 15 May 2008 through the renaming of the Life Sentence Review Commissioners (LSRC) under Article 46(1) of the Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 2008 and are required by legislation to decide on the release of life sentenced prisoners, prisoners serving indeterminate custodial sentences and prisoners serving extended custodial sentences and whether those released on licence should be recalled.

4. The Commissioners are based in Laganside Court, Belfast.

5. Commissioners appointments will be from 9 September 2022 and will be for the period ending 8 September 2025.

6. 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.

7. All media enquires should be directed to the Department of Justice Press Office via press.office@justice-ni.gov.uk.

8.  The Executive Information Service operates an out of hours service for media enquiries only between 1800hrs and 0800hrs Monday to Friday and at weekends and public holidays. The duty press officer can be contacted on 028 9037 8110.

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