Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee TD, has published the Department of Justice Strategy Statement 2021 – 2013, which sets out five high-level strategic goals for the Department.

Minister also published a Justice Plan for 2021.The Justice Plan is the first of a series of annual plans which the Minister will introduce to drive reforms across the Justice Sector. Each year, the Plan will be updated with new actions and timelines for delivery. 

The Plan notes that the approval of the General Scheme of a Bill to ratify and implement the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT) was set to take place in Q1, with the drafting of the Bill and publication to take place in Q3, with the completion of the legislative process set for Q4.