ENFORCING THE DECISIONS OF OMBUDSMEN -THE NORTHERN IRELAND LOCAL GOVERNMENTOMBUDSMAN'S EXPERIENCE

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Abstract

In the mid 1980s a topic of considerable concern to the Commissionersfor Local Administration in England and Wales, and their counterpart inScotland, was how to secure the compliance of local authorities with those oftheir reports finding maladministration. The "failure rate" (the number ofreports not complied with, referred to in the statistics as "unsatisfactoryoutcomes", expressed as a percentage of the total number of reports findingmaladministration) was, at that time, approximately 6 per cent, 4.4 per centand 5 per cent in England, Wales and Scotland respectively.1 This prompteda search for a more effective method of enforcement and in doing soprovoked some debate about how best to enforce ombudsmen's reports andabout how best ombudsmen should function.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395-402
JournalNorthern Ireland Legal Quarterly
Volume45
Publication statusPublished - 1994

Keywords

  • ombudsman
  • enforcement of decisions
  • ombudsmen and courts

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