Alliance MLA John Blair has welcomed the creation of a new role by the Justice Minister to support victims of crime.
The Victims of Crime Commissioner Designate will carry out a series of tasks, including reviewing the effectiveness of laws and practices around victims, and making recommendations to better improve services to the Department of Justice and criminal justice agencies.
“This is a welcome move and an important one to support victims,” said Mr Blair.
“The Justice Minister has used her role to put the needs of victims at the forefront of the justice system and having consulted with them, established the role of Victims of Crime Commissioner Designate to amplify their voices.
“I hope this will provide an improved voice for victims and when the legislation is taken forward to make the role permanent, give improved results for them.”