Open Policy Debate on Proposals for a Criminal Justice Inspectorate
On Monday 23rd November 2015, the Department hosted an Open Policy Debate on Proposals for a Criminal Justice Inspectorate which was attended by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald T.D.
The idea behind such debates is to promote a culture of innovation and openness through involving greater external participation and consultation in policy development
The potential establishment of a Criminal Justice Inspectorate has received some attention recently, including a recommendation for such a body by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Equality and Defence. The Minister earlier this year indicated her intention to consult widely on the issue. The Debate also included discussion on the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on Torture
The speakers at the Debate were:
- Deirdre Malone – Executive Director, Irish Penal Reform Trust
- Judge Michael Reilly - Inspector of Prisons
- Mark Toland – Deputy Chief Inspector, Garda Inspectorate
- Vivian Geiran – Director, Probation Service
- Brendan McGuigan - Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice in Northern Ireland who provided insights on the Northern Irish experience of criminal justice inspection and on his inspection role for the OPCAT (Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment )
The large attendance at the debate was drawn from a variety of sectors including NGOs, academia and the wider public service. There was also a good level of interest and participation from within the Department of Justice and Equality. Everyone attending this Open Policy Debate actively participated in the discussions. The Open Policy debate is just part of a process of consultation which the Department is undertaking.
Click here to see Discussion Document for Proposals for a Criminal Justice Inspectorate