My friend and colleague Jim Daniell, who has died of cancer aged 67, played an important role in the creation of the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland. The historic Belfast agreement of April 1998 included a commitment to “bring forward proposals for future criminal justice arrangements”.

As director of criminal justice in the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) from 1994 until 2000, Jim brought together a team of practitioners and independent experts, which he chaired. The Criminal Justice Review’s 294 recommendations were fully put into effect and the new arrangements have borne up under scrutiny. Jim personally drafted much of the final report, published in March 2000. It exemplified his strengths – clear strategic direction allied to the detail needed for successful implementation.

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