Coroner Investigator Recruitment

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:30 pm on 22nd February 2016.

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Photo of Ian Milne Ian Milne Sinn Féin 2:30 pm, 22nd February 2016

T3. Mr Milne asked the Minister of Justice for an update on recruitment to the coroner investigator posts. (AQT 3523/11-16)

Photo of David Ford David Ford Alliance

I am afraid that I cannot give any direct additional information on that. It is safe to say that Members are aware that a recruitment process is under way, but I am not sure of the exact detail of where we are with the recruitment of those persons.

Photo of Ian Milne Ian Milne Sinn Féin

Go raibh maith agat, a Cheann Comhairle. Mo bhuíochas don Aire go dtí seo. I thank the Minister for his short answer. Why have the job criteria for the new coroner investigators been changed from what was sought and recommended by the coroner in the first place?

Photo of David Ford David Ford Alliance

Specific issues regarding the appropriate balance of skills that would be required for the coroner investigator posts and the knowledge that the individuals would have of the operation of the justice system in Northern Ireland were looked at. That is why the criteria sit as they do. On the evidence that is put to me, I am satisfied that it will be possible to recruit people who have the appropriate knowledge but are not in any way compromised in carrying out the work that will be required in the new posts.