End of tenure - Victims Commissioner

Date published: 31 July 2020

First Minister the Rt Hon Arlene Foster MLA and deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill MLA have today confirmed that in line with the Secretary of State’s statement last August, the current tenure of the Commissioner for Victims and Survivors will end on 31 August 2020.


Ministers have taken the opportunity to recognise the commitment of the outgoing Commissioner, Judith Thompson, to her role over the past five years.

Since her appointment in September 2015, there have been considerable advances in the sector in particular with the introduction of the new Service Delivery Model and Peace IV.  There have also been many challenges.

Ministers wish the outgoing Commissioner well for the future.

Details on the process to appoint a new Commissioner will issue in due course.

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