HL Deb 15 June 1998 vol 590 cc117-8WA
Lord Eames

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether, in the light of changing circumstances in Northern Ireland, they will consider increasing the responsibilities of justices of the peace in order to ease the strain on other departments of the judicial system. [HL2069]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Northern Ireland Office (Lord Dubs)

The review of criminal justice referred to in the Agreement reached in the multi-party negotiations will provide an opportunity to consider the role and responsibilities of justices of the peace in Northern Ireland. The review will commence as soon as possible, and will report to the Government no later than autumn 1999.