“At the start of Criminal Justice Week..”

One of the more frequently made arguments in favour of the rapid devolution of policing and justice powers is the apparent need for cross-departmental co-operation on certain matters. Interestingly, the NIO have just released a statement from the Northern Ireland Justice Minister, Paul Goggins, MP, and the NI Environment Minster, the DUP’s Sammy Wilson.

Government get tough on nuisance and uninsured vehicles as new police powers are introduced to tackle motoring offences and crackdown on crime. The Northern Ireland Office, the Department of the Environment and the Police Service of Northern Ireland have been working jointly in developing and implementing these new measures aimed at tackling anti-social behaviour and reducing crime.

Except that, the cited Order in Council, the Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 2008 (Retention and Disposal of Seized Motor Vehicles) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008, was due to come into operation on 6th January 2009. I can’t find a more recent reference than that, although there is a Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 2008 due to come into operation on 1st April 2009.. but it relates to sentencing. Just another image change massage? Or have I missed something..

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