IICSA Preliminary Hearing

The first of this week’s preliminary hearings is now proceeding. It has commented on various administrative matters as well as timetables. Ben Emmerson QC has advised that the Inquiry is intending to produce Issue Papers on Civil Justice and Criminal Compensation.

It has been confirmed, as was reported in the press last week,that the full hearing of the investigation relating to Lord Janner will be delayed until ‎March 2017 with a view to concluding all evidence by the end of May 2017. This delay has been requested because Leicestershire police is investigating the allegations; and following service by the IPCC of disciplinary notices on 11 officers in relation to previous police investigations.

At the hearing confirmation has also been provided as to the approach being taken to redaction as outlined in the previously published guidance; the policy on live broadcasting of future hearings; ‎ and the addition of further core participants as another 16 complainants have been granted core participant status in the Janner investigation. A request from the Survivors of Organised and Institutional Abuse group to be granted core participant status has been provisionally declined.


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Written by Paula Jefferson, Partner

IICSA preliminary hearings this week

The IICSA will hold preliminary hearings in seven investigations this week.

Four are second hearings in respect of which it is anticipated further guidance on full hearings and timetables will be given; three are initial hearings to consider core participants, broadcasting etc. We will provide an update on the key themes and developments from the hearings over the next few days. The timetable for the hearings is as follows:

Tuesday 26 July, 10.30 am – Lord Janner

Wednesday 27 July, 10.30 am – The Anglican Church

Wednesday 27 July 11.45 am – Cambridge House, Knowl View and Rochdale

Wednesday 27 July 2.00 pm – Lambeth Council

Thursday 28 July, 10.30 am – The Roman Catholic Church

Thursday 28 July, 2.00 pm – Protection of Children Outside the UK

Friday 29 July, 10.30 am – Accountability and Reparations

All hearings will be held in Court 73 of the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London.


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Written by Paula Jefferson, Partner