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Community Programmes

"serving the community through the administration of justice"

The Criminal Justice Review report set a clear agenda for those involved in the administration of justice in relation to improved information about the criminal justice system and community outreach. The Review report stated:

"Securing a clear understanding on the part of the community about the way in which criminal justice operates and is structured is an essential component of a strategy of enhancing public confidence in the system and is an important contribution to transparency and accountability."

What We Do

Our Community Programmes take place under a number of different themes. Below are links to each of the major themes which the Courts and Tribunals Service has developed programmes within which you may be able to get involved.


The Courts and Tribunals Service has a diverse programme of court visits and events which take place in courthouses right across Northern Ireland. Following the principles set out in the Criminal Justice Review our Outreach Programme strives to promote understanding and involvement. If you or a group you are involved with would like to find out what we can do for you, please click here to find out more.


The Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service recognises and accepts the responsibility bestowed upon it and is proud to conserve the buildings and their settings, for your interest and for the benefit of future generations. By taking our heritage tour you can learn about seven of our courthouses, including four listed buildings and Laganside Courts. You can use this link to view more more about our heritage.

Corporate Social Responsibility

The Courts and Tribunals Service is fully committed to the DOJ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Strategy. Our aim is to make a positive contribution on the wider environment by providing a community outreach programme, promoting diversity and equality, encouraging employee volunteering and minimising our environmental impact.

Would you like to book a court visit?

Take a tour of your local courthouse with your school, college or community group and find out how the court works!

Are you interested in finding out more?

If you would like to book a visit or find out about developing links with the courts please contact the Communications Group at or contact your local courthouse.