Public consultation on review of hate crime legislation closes with over 1000 submissions

01 May 2020

Judge Desmond Marrinan

Public consultation on review of hate crime legislation closes with over 1000 submissions

The Independent Review of hate crime legislation in Northern Ireland has received over 1000 contributions to its public consultation which offered everyone an opportunity to have their say in finding better ways of dealing with hate crime.

The public consultation process opened in January and by the closing date of 30 April the Review Team had received 225 written submission and almost 800 online contributions.

Review lead Judge Desmond Marrinan said: “Hate crime, directly or indirectly impacts on every member of our society. The response from the public, along with submissions from statutory and non-statutory bodies across the country, signals the importance and urgency of finding better ways of dealing with hate crime.

 “I thank everyone who has engaged, supported and encouraged this work. I would particularly like to acknowledge the many victims and survivors who stepped forward and shared their personal, often difficult and harrowing, accounts with me and my team.

 “All submissions will help inform the work of the Review as I move forward to present my finished work to the Department of Justice later this year.”

The public consultation was supported by public outreach events held in Ballymena, Belfast, Craigavon, Derry/Londonderry, Dungannon, and Enniskillen.