CAJ has responded to the consultation on the five-year review of the powers of the Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland (OPONI). This review has taken place periodically since the the office was established two decades ago.
We welcome the accessible nature of the Five Year Review document, and largely concur with recommendations made to remedy gaps in the Ombudsman’s powers. However, we also urge some additional changes, including measures to ensure the Ombudsman is not statute barred from investigating legacy matters previously investigated by police.
Download the submission here.