Policy Proposals For New Provisions To Tackle Organised Crime in Northern Ireland

Closed 9 Oct 2020

Opened 10 Jul 2020


The Department of Justice has carried out a review of the current law relating to serious organised crime in Northern Ireland. The Executive Action Plan on Tackling Paramilitary Activity, Criminality and Organised Crime[1] committed the Department to “…review the legislation relating to serious and organised crime in Northern Ireland to make sure that it is as effective as possible, with a view to introducing draft legislation…”

This consultation document seeks views on a range of proposals to reinforce the response to organised crime through the introduction of specific legislative provisions, including a statutory definition of serious organised crime and new offences of ‘directing’ organised crime; ‘participating’ in organised crime and provision for relevant offences to be ‘aggravated’ by a connection with organised crime. These proposals are set out in more detail in the "Proposals" Section.  



Why We Are Consulting

This consultation seeks views from key stakeholders across a wide range of sectors.  These include organisations such as the Police Service of Northern Ireland, other law enforcement bodies, the Public Prosecution Service, Policing and Community Safety Partnerships, and other Executive Departments.  The Department is also very interested in receiving views and comments from local councils in Northern Ireland, businesses and private sector organisations, faith groups, organisations within the voluntary and community sector, and individual members of the public.

A number of the organisations listed above have already been involved in helping to develop and design this strategic response and, because of the nature of their roles and responsibilities may have a clear and direct interest in tackling organised crime.  

What Happens Next

As noted, the consultation closes on 2 October 2020.

Any comments or suggestions received by that date will be fully considered by the Department and a summary published.  


  • Anyone from any background


  • Community safety
  • Criminal justice
  • Crime
  • Civil Justice