Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Assembly probe seeks comments on criminal justice system

The Assembly justice committee has launched an inquiry into criminal justice services available to victims and witnesses of crime in Northern Ireland.

The inquiry wants to hear from people who have either been a victim of or a witness to crime. They also want to hear about issues, from dealings with the police to the quality of information and support provided and the handling of cases by the Courts Service.

Committee chairman Paul Givan said: “Being a victim of, or a witness to, crime can be a very stressful experience.

“It is very important to make sure that the justice system responds to the needs of victims and witnesses, treats them fairly and respectfully and provides them with appropriate support.

“For this reason the committee for justice intends to look closely at the current system. We will also be comparing our system with national and international approaches to see if there are examples of good practice which could be adopted.

“As well as asking people to write to us, we will also be holding events throughout Northern Ireland to meet people and hear about their experiences.”

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