Stephen Farry an MLA with a relevant academic background and a member of the Alliance party which is likely to provide the Minster for Justice, has argued recently for a new focus on finding local solutions (that could make NI) become world leader in aspects criminal justice. No harm in aiming high Stephen, so I thought Id list a just a few of the J&P topics that confront a proudly restored Executive and Assembly, with a Justice minister in post. The raw material is in the NIOs discussion paper. They will have to bring it to political life. Can they measure up? See below the fold. ? Firm decision on a revised parades regime
? Full Executive collective responsibility for all J&P matters
? Guarantee operational independence of crime agencies, police, probation service etc in ministerial code?
? New protocol needed for emergency Army and other UK intervention or is it is entirely an operational matter for the Chief Constable?
? An Assembly committee to scrutinise and feed in local intelligence (in both sense of the term) to minister and Executive.
? Replace the Policing Board with PSNI accountability to the new regime of ministry and Assembly?
? Agreement on MI5 accountability, reserved by UK. No more securocrat complaints?
? Decision needed soon on whether to end 50:50 police recruitment
? Clarify PSNI role in restorative justice
? Forge closer links with district policing partnerships and improve their performance
? Instigate a criminal law review for NI conditions
? New Equality Act, Bill of Rights or code to underpin rights and responsibilities?
? Assembly committee to interview (but not ratify) senior judges on appointment?
Former BBC journalist and manager in Belfast, Manchester and London, Editor Spolight; Political Editor BBC NI; Current Affairs Commissioning editor BBC Radio 4; Editor Political and Parliamentary Programmes, BBC Westminster; former London Editor Belfast Telegraph. Hon Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, Univ Coll. London