Justice Minister Claire Sugden is an Independent MLA representing the East Londonderry constituency. She is the only Independent member of the Northern Ireland Assembly and the first Independent to hold Ministerial office. At 29 she is the youngest Minister in the Executive with Departmental responsibility.
Sugden is an alumnus of the Washington Ireland Program when she worked within the US government in the Department of Health and Human Services in 2010. She managed the Program in 2012.
Sugden is a passionate advocate for her constituents and works closely with many community and voluntary sector groups locally. She is particularly concerned with helping vulnerable people and those with learning disabilities.
Her priorities in the Department of Justice include tackling domestic violence, rural crime and crimes against the elderly. She also wants to reduce the numbers of young people and people with mental health issues coming into contact with the criminal justice system.
Claire Sugden MLA
Minister for Justice, NI Executive