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:

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