The Department of Justice has requested that Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland (CJI) undertake an independent review into the methods the Police Service of Northern Ireland use to disclose information in respect of historic cases to the Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland.
The Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice, Brendan McGuigan, has confirmed that the review will be prioritised within its future programme of inspections and reviews; and that CJI will commence work on preparing the Terms of Reference for the review immediately.
Mr McGuigan has also indicated that he anticipates the completion of a report in six months.
CJI is an independent statutory inspectorate with responsibility for inspecting all aspects of the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland apart from the judiciary.
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