Role of Strategy & Secretariat Branch
To provide support and advice under the auspices of the North/South Intergovernmental Agreement on Cooperation on Criminal Justice Matters. This entails, inter alia, providing the necessary secretariat function to the Justice Minister, Claire Sugden and senior DOJ officials on the Northern Ireland side, whilst liaising in conjunction with Irish officials in DJE (RoI) secretariat who provide a similar function in Ireland’s jurisdiction.
It also entails liaising with and supporting as appropriate the NI co-Chairs of the six Project Advisory Groups (PAGs) covering Public Protection, Registered Offenders, Support for Victims, Forensic Science, Youth Justice and Criminal Justice & Social Diversity.
Each year the respective Justice Ministers agree a joint work programme to be undertaken by the six PAGs which runs from summer to summer, and is published on both the DOJ and DJE websites.