The Minister of Justice is elected by a cross-community vote in the Northern Ireland Assembly, unlike all other Northern Ireland Executive posts, which are either allocated by the d'Hondt method or appointed directly by the largest parties (i.e. the First Minister and the deputy First Minister ).
The exception was made to resolve a dispute between the Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Fein. The Alliance Party of Northern Ireland successfully nominated its party leader, David Ford, on 12 April 2012. Ford was re-elected to the position on 16 May 2010 and is the incumbent Minister.
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