Justice Minister launches consultation on review of Probation Board for Northern Ireland

Justice Minister Naomi Long has launched a consultation on a review of the status and governance of the Probation Board for Northern Ireland (PBNI).

The review considered options for the future status of PBNI and proposes that it should continue to be an independent arm’s-length body. The review also considered the size of PBNI’s Board and it is proposed that the Board should be reduced in size but continue to be made up of independent members appointed by the Justice Minister. In addition, the review proposes that PBNI should be renamed as Probation Northern Ireland.

Justice Minister Naomi Long said: “PBNI continues to play an important role in the justice system and delivery of our Programme for Government outcomes. My Department has worked with PBNI in carrying out this review. We are putting forward a range of proposals for consultation and I would encourage those with an interest in the work of PBNI to engage in this process.”

PBNI is an arm’s-length body of the Department of Justice and plays a key role in preparing reports for the courts and others, supervising people who have offended, delivering programmes to support behavioural change and delivering a Victim Information Scheme.

The review document is available via the Department’s website.

Responses to the consultation can also be made online.

The consultation runs for 10 weeks from Wednesday 8 December 2021 to Wednesday 16 February 2022.