The Lord Chief Justice in NI, Declan Morgan, has appointed Mr Justice Adrian Colton to be the President of the new Redress Board. Mr Justice Colton was called to the Bar in 1983 and appointed QC in 2006. He was appointed to the High Court bench in 2015.
In 2016 he was appointed Presiding Coroner for NI and took responsibility for overseeing the management of inquests around controversial killings in Northern Ireland.
In 2017 he was appointed Senior Criminal Judge.
This will be a welcome step as the progress can now build and, while the civil service say they cannot guarantee when victims will receive compensation the presence of a senior High Court Judge will give momentum to the whole process.
Mr Justice Colton said he was honoured by being asked to become President of the Board. He will be joined by 2 more judicial members and some non-judicial members. He will be heavily involved in preparing the rules and regulations governing the Board and in determining how applications will be handled and how any appeals procedure will operate.
The Executive Office has indicated that they will prepare a timeline for the remaining implementation process and will make that public before Christmas.
Written by Ciara McReynolds at BLM