Update – IICSA investigations

The IICSA continues to progress with its investigations. Last week it published the public hearings timetable up until March 2019. A summary of the current status of all hearings in investigations is detailed below (the IICSA continues to update its hearings timetable page here as it schedules more dates).

Investigation Latest Position
The Internet Following the preliminary hearing on 19 September 2017, the first public hearings are scheduled to take place the week commencing 22 January 2018. Evidence in relation to paragraph 2.4 of the published scope of investigation will be heard: “the response of law enforcement agencies to child sexual abuse facilitated by the internet“.
Cambridge House, Knowl View and Rochdale Public hearings in relation to this case study were held from 9 – 27 October 2017. Evidence from survivors and institutions was heard. The IICSA endeavours to publish its report in relation to this investigation in the new year and before the interim inquiry report is to be published which is sometime in April 2018.
Anglican Public hearings are scheduled to start on 5th March 2018 for 3 weeks. This will focus on abuse within the Diocese of Chichester. There will be a further week of public hearings from 23rd July 2018 which will focus on matters relating to the Peter Ball case study. There is a preliminary hearing on 30th January 2018
Westminster A preliminary hearing in relation to this case study will take place on 31st January 2018. Public hearings will be held from the week commencing 4 March – 25 March 2019.
Roman Catholic Church The hearing in connection with the Benedictine Orders (save for Ealing Abbey) commences on 27th November 2017 and is due to last for 2 weeks

Public hearings will be held the week commencing 12 November 2018 into the Archdiocese of Birmingham case study.

Public hearings will be held the week commencing 4 February 2019 into the Ealing Abbey case study.

Nottinghamshire 3 weeks of hearings are scheduled from 1st October 2018. A preliminary hearing will take place on 31st January 2018.
Children Overseas IICSA’s report into the Child Migration Programmes Case Study is expected sometime before or early in the new year.

Public hearings regarding Children Outside the UK will be held the week commencing 11 February 2019.

Accountability & Reparation Public hearings are scheduled from 26 November – 10 December 2018.
Children in Custody A preliminary hearing will proceed on 1st February 2018 with 2 weeks of public hearings from 9 July 2018.
Lord Janner There have been no formal developments.
Lambeth There have been no formal developments.
Residential Schools There have been no formal developments.
Child Sexual Exploitation by Organised Networks There have been no formal developments.

mwr Written by Miriam Rahamim, solicitor at BLM.

IICSA update

Following conclusion of the substantive hearings in the child migration case study the IICSA is making progress across many areas. It is also gradually making its position clear on how it will deal with evidence and the conclusions it will reach including on the thorny issue of whether it needs to make findings of fact about specific allegations.

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IICSA – further preliminary hearings

In July, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse will hold second preliminary hearings in relation to the first four of its investigations.  The dates of the hearings are:

  • 26 July 2016, 10.30am    Greville Janner
  • 27 July 2016, 10.30am    The Anglican Church
  • 27 July 2016, 11.45am    Cambridge Boys’ Hostel, Knowl View School and others
  • 27 July 2016, 2pm            Lambeth Council

 


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Written by Paula Jefferson, partner

IICSA update – redaction of documents, legal professional privilege and Lord Janner

Documentation will be critical for the work of the Inquiry. Requests for documents have already been made by the Inquiry to some organisations involved in the initial investigations. Those requests are lengthy, detailed and request a response within a short period of time. The Inquiry acknowledges its requests will be wide ranging. Last June the Inquiry sent out letters to advise of the need to retain documentation.

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