Open consultation

Secretary of State launches consultation on non–jury trials


The Secretary of State launches this consultation to seek the views of the public on whether to extend non-jury trial provisions in Northern Ireland for a further two years.

This consultation closes at

Consultation description

The Government is seeking views from all interested parties, individuals and groups from across the United Kingdom on the matters covered by this consultation.

Purpose of this consultation

Extending non-jury trial provisions under the Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Act 2007 requires secondary legislation which must be approved by both Houses of Parliament. The Government recognises the need to keep the public informed and to allow people the opportunity to comment on policy proposals.

This consultation therefore invites people to provide views on the extension of non-jury trial provisions under the Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Act 2007 for a further two years from the end of July 2019.

Scope of the consultation

This consultation applies to all of the United Kingdom.

Duration of the consultation

The consultation closes to responses on Wednesday 27th February.

How to respond to this consultation

You can send your consultation responses:

By email:

In writing:

Public consultation: Non–Jury Trial Provisions
Northern Ireland Office (SPG)
Stormont House
Stormont Estate Belfast

When responding, please state whether you are doing so as an individual or representing the views of an organisation. If you are responding on behalf of an organisation, please make it clear who the organisation represents and, where applicable, how the views of members were assembled. We will acknowledge your response.

The consultation document will be available in other formats upon request. You can email any queries to:

Government response

A summary of responses to this consultation and details of the action that the Government will take, or has taken, will be published on the NIO website

The Northern Ireland Office will aim to publish this information within 12 weeks of the consultation closing date.


Published 6 December 2018