DUP North Antrim MP Ian Paisley has urged the Solicitor General Rt Hon Michael Ellis QC MP to examine whether the UK Government could help expedite changes to legislation recommended by the Gillen Review into serious sexual offences in Northern Ireland.
Commenting, Mr Paisley said:
‘‘It has been a year and a half since the publication of the Gillen Review into serious sexual offences and how they are prosecuted through the courts in Northern Ireland. The final report made 253 recommendations on how to positively transform outcomes and experiences for victims of these awful crimes.
Whilst Covid-19 has presented new devolved pressures and priorities it is matter of regret that the necessary legislative changes have not yet been taken forward. Victims demand progress but most of all they deserve fairness and equal treatment compared to those in other parts of the United Kingdom.
I have pressed the Solicitor General to take a direct and urgent interest in this matter. The Government made a specific financial commitment in the New Decade New Approach agreement to transforming public services in Northern Ireland, including ‘ensuring faster, fairer justice’. This must be honoured and quickly.’’