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Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM)

The OFMDFM is a fully functioning department of the Northern Ireland administration with a wide range of responsibilities.

Upon the devolution of policing and justice, OFMdFM became the sponsoring department of the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission.

The strategic objectives of the department include:

  • supporting Ministers and the institutions of government

  • building a programme for government and modernising government programme;

  • promoting better community relations, a culture of equality and rights; and

  • targeting social need and promoting social inclusion.

Additional information can be found on the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister website.


Describes activity undertaken by NIJAC to broaden the understanding and awareness across the professional bodies and the general public of the work being undertaken by NIJAC. In so doing NIJAC hopes to attract the widest possible applicant pool when advertising judicial posts.

NIJAC has a statutory duty to engage in a programme of action to ensure, so far as it is reasonably practicable to do so, that a range of persons reflective of the community in Northern Ireland is available for consideration by NIJAC whenever it is required to select a person to be appointed, or recommended for appointment, to a listed judicial office.