The Department has a range of devolved policing and justice functions as set out in the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Devolution of Policing and Justice Functions) Order 2010.

The Department is responsible for the resourcing, legislative and policy framework of the justice system.

It is headed by a Permanent Secretary, Peter

May, and has four Directorates:

  • Access to Justice
  • Safer Communities
  • Justice Delivery
  • Reducing Offending

The Department also has five Agencies:

  • Northern Ireland Prison Service
  • Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service
  • Youth Justice Agency
  • Forensic Science Northern Ireland
  • Legal Services Agency

The Department also sponsors a number of NDPBs/bodies affiliated with policing and justice.

The Department has a staff complement of just over 3,000 staff, with around 2,500 of those working in front-line operational roles.

Peter May Chair

Why the Department of Justice Board is supporting Boardroom Apprentice

“The DoJ Board is interested in diversity and this is an opportunity to increase the diversity of the Board. We want to offer someone with no previous knowledge or experience the opportunity to build this practical experience and to see the work of the Board in action. It will be good to have a layman’s point of view and to see the Board and the Department through their eyes.”

Location of Board and Committee Meetings

Usually 5th Floor Meeting Room in Castle Buildings, Stormont Estate – other locations are also used as part of an outreach programme

Frequency and timing of board/committee meetings

i.e. Board and Committee meetings are held quarterly. Meetings take place during the day from 0930 – 1400

Board meetings are usually from 9.30/10 to 12/12.30 (depending on business).

Board meetings have recently moved to roughly every 6 weeks.

Date of Board Meetings (September 2021 – August 2022)

29 September 2021

10 November 2021

Dates for 2022 to be confirmed

Committee of the Boards and meeting dates (September 2021 – August 2022)

Strategic Resource Committee (SRC)

Dates to be confirmed

Departmental Audit and Risk Committee (DARC)

21st September 2021 10.30-12.30

16th November 2021 10.30-12.30