Courts: Northern Ireland

Constitutional Affairs written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Sylvia Hermon Sylvia Hermon UUP, North Down

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many incidents of violence were recorded on the Northern Ireland courts estate in each of the past three years for which figures are available, broken down by location; and what steps she is taking to reduce such incidents.

Photo of Bridget Prentice Bridget Prentice Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs

The following table sets out recorded incidents of violence on the Northern Ireland courts estate in the last three years.

2004 2005 2006
Belfast combined courts 3 2 1
Craigavon 1
Lisburn 1
Coleraine 1
Strabane 1
Newtownards 1
Total 4 3 4

Court security is provided by a private contractor. Sufficient numbers of security personnel and a range of security measures are deployed to deter incidents of violence, including archway and hand-held scanners at entrances and segregation of opposing parties. If required, additional security is provided by the Police Service of Northern Ireland who also respond to reported incidents.

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