Outstanding ministerial decisions

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Matthew Thompson

Dear Department of Justice (Northern Ireland),

I would like to make the following request under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act, 2000.

In a recent landmark judgement over a Mallusk Incinerator, the Court of Appeal ruled that "any decision which as a matter of convention or otherwise would normally go before the minister for approval lies beyond the competence of a senior civil servant in the absence of a minister."

It further stated that "cross cutting" decisions involving more than one department were beyond the remit of civil servants.

In light of this, I would like to know

1) How many outstanding decisions or "cross-cutting" decisions does your department have that require ministerial approval?

2) Where possible, can you further specify the precise details of any such decisions and what they are regarding.

Yours faithfully,

Matthew Thompson

DOJ FOI Mailbox, Department of Justice (Northern Ireland)

Dear Mr Thompson,

Thank you for your request for information as detailed below.

Your request was received on 9th August 2018 and will be dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The Department of Justice will endeavour to respond to your request within the timescales stipulated by the Freedom of Information Act and no later than 7th September 2018.

Yours sincerely

DOJ Records & Information Team

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