Policing & Justice

Policing and Justice

EXCLUSIVE: Alliance Justice Minister signed off on a defective Department of Justice document in May 2015

EXCLUSIVE: Alliance Justice Minister signed off on a defective Department of Justice document in May 2015

It has been discovered that the Department of Justice PACE Codes of Practice, published under an Alliance Justice Minister in May 2015, contain a reference in Code B to a piece of legislation which was repealed in 1998. You can read the full Code B document HERE The discovery came after the PSNI were forced to amend their notices […]

NEWS: Door Supervisors come together to challenge outrageous SIA harassment and tell a zealous official- you Sir, are not Batman

NEWS: Door Supervisors come together to challenge outrageous SIA harassment and tell a zealous official- you Sir, are not Batman

In recent months there has been an ongoing, and legally questionable, campaign of harassment waged against a number of licensed premises and individual door supervisors. This has been supported by the PSNI who have allowed the SIA to use their powers under PACE, despite there being no legal basis for such an arrangement. Despite the […]

EXCLUSIVE: Research finds the SIA are abusing legal powers and that 92% of door supervisors they target are Protestant

EXCLUSIVE: Research finds the SIA are abusing legal powers and that 92% of door supervisors they target are Protestant

The SIA is a statutory body corporate whose power is derived from the Private Security Industry Act 2001. A statutory body corporate can only act in accordance with the power given to it by its enabling statute. Despite this basic legal fact, the SIA have been going far beyond their powers. Despite Parliament plainly setting […]

EDITORIAL: Returning the serve- Rebalancing the legacy of the past and political policing of the present

EDITORIAL: Returning the serve- Rebalancing the legacy of the past and political policing of the present

Editorial- By Jamie Bryson A statement by nationalist legacy activist and solicitor Paddy Murray, which has been carried in today’s media, stands as a shining example of the double standards of nationalism when it comes to the criminal justice system. Paddy Murray was an ardent supporter of the Loughinisland film No Stone Unturned, which was […]

EDITORIAL: Let all crime be rooted out, but let us ensure the process is fair and that the law is applied equally

EDITORIAL: Let all crime be rooted out, but let us ensure the process is fair and that the law is applied equally

Editorial- By Jamie Bryson Let me begin this piece by very clearly summarising the core point, lest anyone- either mistakenly or deliberately- misinterprets the argument being advanced. If there is criminal activity taking place, regardless of whom it is carried out by or from which community it emanates, then the perpetrators should be rooted out […]

NEWS: Loyalists humiliate the PSNI Task Force over ‘lost’ notebook containing vast amounts of classified information

NEWS: Loyalists humiliate the PSNI Task Force over ‘lost’ notebook containing vast amounts of classified information

This morning’s revelation in the Irish News, in relation to yet another major police data breach, will heap more embarrassment on the PSNI and their Paramilitary Crime Task Force (PCTF). It is evidently a matter of great public interest that the PSNI have once again recklessly ‘lost’ vast amounts of classified data. Sources have indicated […]

TUV leader Jim Allister slams disproportionate policing undermining unionist confidence in the PSNI

TUV leader Jim Allister slams disproportionate policing undermining unionist confidence in the PSNI

TUV leader Jim Allister has criticised the PSNI’s disproportionate policing operation which targeted east Belfast bonfires, whilst deploying a “softly softly” approach to republicans attacking Protestant homes in Londonderry’s fountain estate. Mr Allister has said that recent PSNI actions were “undermining confidence in the police among many in the Unionist community”. Earlier this week the […]

OPINION: Bangor Alternatives Chairman responds to criticism of Restorative Justice practices

OPINION: Bangor Alternatives Chairman responds to criticism of Restorative Justice practices

Below is a letter submitted to the Co Down spectator by Chairman of Bangor Alternatives, Pastor Mark Gordon. The letter was submitted in response to criticisms of Restorative Justice practices carried in the paper’s 7th September edition. In response to the article ‘Living in the shadow of fear’ (Spectator 7thSeptember 2018)   Dear Editor   Having read Iain […]

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