Justice Minister Claire Sugden has launched a competition to recruit a new Prisoner Ombudsman for Northern Ireland.
The Prisoner Ombudsman is responsible for investigating complaints from prisoners, visitors to prisoners and deaths in Prison Service custody in Northern Ireland.
The current Prisoner Ombudsman Tom McGonigle will be leaving the post at the end of his term in April 2017.
Claire Sugden said: “The Prisoner Ombudsman holds a key investigative role in the criminal justice system and is vital in helping to ensure widespread confidence in the prison system.
“My Department is seeking applications from those who believe they can bring the essential wealth of experience, professionalism and knowledge to this demanding post.
“I encourage anyone with an interest in criminal justice, who believes they have the necessary attributes and experience, to apply.”
The deadline for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Friday 27 January 2017. Late applications will not be accepted.
- Candidate information packs and applications forms are available on the DOJ website at https://www.justice-ni.gov.uk/
publications/competition- prisoner-ombudsman .