Keir Starmer: Independent Review

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:45 pm on 18th May 2015.

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Photo of Colum Eastwood Colum Eastwood Social Democratic and Labour Party 2:45 pm, 18th May 2015

5. Mr Eastwood asked the Minister of Justice for his assessment of the independent review conducted by Sir Keir Starmer of the prosecutorial systems and processes in relation to three interlinked cases involving sex abuse and terrorist-related charges. (AQO 8195/11-15)

Photo of David Ford David Ford Alliance

I am unable to give an assessment of Sir Keir Starmer’s independent review, as the report of his findings has not yet been published.

Photo of Colum Eastwood Colum Eastwood Social Democratic and Labour Party 3:00 pm, 18th May 2015

That brings me nicely to my supplementary question: when will the report be published?

Photo of David Ford David Ford Alliance

That is a very reasonable question, but, since Sir Keir Starmer was preparing the report for Barra McGrory, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), and not for the DOJ, I am not entirely clear on that point. My understanding is that it is likely to be published within the next week, but it is in the hands of Sir Keir and the DPP, not me or anybody to do with the DOJ.