The Director of Public Prosecutions, James Hamilton, has said he has been reviewing the long-standing policy of not giving reasons for his decisions.

A statement from the DPP's office has said a review of the policy was well advanced and included a study of policies and experiences in other common law jurisdictions.

The statement added that the office had long held the view that if the DPP could give more information to victims without doing injustice then he should do so.

But it added that the director would not pre-empt the review or underestimate the difficulty in changing policy.