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Summary

  1. Officials from the Ulster Farmers' Union and NIAPA gave their initial views on Brexit.
  2. Northern Ireland Environment Link briefed the committee on the possible effects of Brexit on the environment.
  3. Minister of Justice Claire Sugden briefed the Justice Committee on her priorities.

Live Reporting

By Robin Sheeran and Brooke Allen

All times stated are UK

  1. See you in September

    Chairperson Paul Frew adjourns the committee.

    The Northern Ireland Assembly is now going into recess for the summer.

    Join us in September for more live coverage of events at Stormont.

  2. Remuneration in the magistrates' courts

    Committee

    Departmental officials Mark McGuckin, Mark McGuicken and Richard Cushnie arrive to brief the committee on a consultation into remunerating exceptional circumstances in the magistrates' courts in Northern Ireland.

  3. 'Open a window'

    Domestic violence victim

    Paul Frew asks how victims of domestic violence can be encouraged to testify, and law enforcement agencies encouraged to gather evidence.

    Prof Stark says he tells the police: "Don't take a picture, open a window".

    He says that by "open a window" he means to gather historical evidence.

  4. Coercive control and domestic violence

    Evan Stark

    Prof Evan Stark of Rutgers University, New Jersey, briefs the committee on coercive control and domestic violence.

    He explains the new offence of domestic violence already introduced in England and Wales, and expected to be introduced in Scotland in the near future.

  5. European arrest warrant

    David Lavery

    DoJ official David Lavery says a Brexit unit has been set up in the department to advise the minister, and she will be meeting the Irish justice minister and the Tánaiste (deputy prime minister) on Monday.

    He says the matters of common interest include European arrest warrant "which has been a very effective mechanism'.

    Mr Lavery says that the department understands that "a non-member state can still participate in that arrangement".

  6. Brexit and justice

    Sammy Douglas

    Sammy Douglas of the DUP asks about the implications of Brexit for justice.

    The minister says the border is a priority.

    "For me it is all about ensuring the strongest relationship with our colleagues in the south," she says.

  7. 'Humanising justice'

    Declan Kearney

    Declan Kearney of Sinn Féin welcomes the minister's commitment to "humanising justice".

    He says he wants to see "real, meaningful, tangible impacts at a community level and across society as a whole". 

  8. 'Monsters' in the justice brief

    Maghaberry Prison
    Image caption: Maghaberry Prison

    Paul Frew says there are "some monsters" within Ms Sugden's brief, including the police and prison service "to name a few".

    He asks about staffing numbers and sickness levels in the prison service.

    "Sickness levels are probably higher than we would like them to be," Ms Sugden says.

  9. Brexit 'must be respected'

    Flags

    On the subject of Brexit, the minister says she "was disappointed by the outcome of the EU referendum personally".

    However, she says it was a UK-wide decision and must be accepted, and that the best outcomes must now be sought for Northern Ireland.

  10. 'Outcomes-based approach'

    Justice Committee
    Image caption: Today's meeting of the Justice Committee.

    Ms Sugden says she feels "very supported by my executive colleagues" and advocates the "outcomes-based" approach adopted by the new executive.

    On the question of dissident activity, she says she has met the chief constable and is in close contact with the secretary of state.

    "I will continue to make public order and security issues a priority". the minister says.

  11. Justice minister briefing

    Claire Sugden

    The new Justice Minister, Claire Sugden, arrives to brief the committee on key issues and priorities.

  12. Justice Committee

    Paul Frew

    The DUP's Paul Frew is chairing this afternoon's committee meeting.

  13. The committee adjourns

    Linda Dillon adjourns the committee until September.

    Join us at 14:00 BST for live coverage of the Justice Committee.

    Justice Minister Claire Sugden is briefing members on her priorities.

  14. Committee to discuss Brexit implications regularly

    The officials leave the committee. 

    Members discuss some concerns about Brexit raised from the briefings. 

    The committee chairperson says she wants the committee to have a departmental briefing on a monthly basis, so the committee can regularly discuss the ongoing implications of Brexit. 

  15. Horizon 2020

    Caoimhe Archibald of of Sinn Féin asks if Northern Ireland is still able to take part in Horizon 2020, "perhaps as partners, but not lead on it". 

    Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research and innovation programme ever, with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). 

    Mr Lavery says "at the minute, we are in the Horizon 2020 project" and "there are certain countries who are not in the EU who can benefit from the Horizon 2020 project". 

    However, he says, "I don't think you can be a lead partner" and he says "our access to any funding regimes will be an issue for us". 

  16. Ballybofey poultry waste site

    Ballybofey site

    Robin Swann asks about the Ballybofey poultry waste site and how this site will operate as an non-EU funded site in an EU country. 

    Mr Lavery says: "We need to work with our counterpart in the south [of Ireland] to look at all of the cros- border issues and work our way through them". 

  17. RDP and CAP payments

    Linda Dillon asks for assurance that the Rural Development Programme (RDP) will continue to run until 2020. 

    Mr Lavery says that, at the present time, the RDP will "continue to run" and we are "continuing to implement our programmes". 

    He says the department iscontinuing to implement the payment of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) subsidy payments. 

    "I cannot say what will happen in the next two or three years," he says. 

  18. Business as normal for DAERA

    Noel Lavery

    The final oral briefing this morning is from DAERA officials, again on the implications of Brexit for the department. 

    Mr Noel Lavery says "it is early days and there are a considerable number of unknowns around how the negotiation period [of two years] will be managed". 

    "We are operating business as normal," he says. 

    Amongst other implications, he says the department will need to revise all of the legislation and assess implications for trade as "70% of trade for food and drink is outside of Northern Ireland".