The Lay Observers operate with a shared protocol with the Ministry of Justice, clarifying the remit and independence of the Lay Observers and specifying agreements concerning funding, communication, governance, accountability, and other organisational matters. The Protocol was signed by the National Chair of the Lay Observers, John Thornhill, and the Permanent Secretary of the MoJ, Antonia Romeo, on 04 May 2021. It is available to view here:

FINAL – Lay Observers – MOJ protocol – signed