Ways of working together to improve justice in England, Wales and Northern Ireland were discussed at a meeting between Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke and Northern Ireland Minister of Justice, David Ford.
The new Northern Ireland Department of Justice was created in April this year and has a range of devolved policing and justice functions. It is responsible for ensuring there is a fair and effective justice system in Northern Ireland and for increasing public confidence in that system.
David Ford’s appointment marked a significant milestone in the transfer of policing and justice powers from Westminster to the Northern Ireland Executive- meaning that for the first time in 38 years, a locally elected and accountable Minister has responsibility for the Northern Ireland justice system.
Northern Ireland Justice Minister David Ford MLA said:
‘As Northern Ireland’s Justice Minister, I am committed to engaging with colleagues across the UK and Republic.
‘While the future of our justice system now rests in local hands, co-operation across administrations is still important. I want to establish positive working relationships with ministers in other administrations so that we can continue to work closely in the many areas of mutual interest and learn lessons from one another.’