Following the events of the last 48 hours it is no surprise that Ben Emmerson QC has now confirmed his resignation as counsel to the Inquiry. Earlier today his supporting counsel Elizabeth Prochaska announced she had resigned on 15 September.
As reported last night Dame Lowell Goddard has resigned from the IICSA. No formal reasons have been provided for her resignation. In a statement she has said that accepting the role “was ….. an incredibly difficult step to take, as it meant relinquishing my career in New Zealand and leaving behind my beloved family. The conduct of any public inquiry is not an easy task, let alone one of the magnitude of this. Compounding the many difficulties was its legacy of failure which has been very hard to shake off and with hindsight it would have been better to have started completely afresh. While it has been a struggle in many respects, I am confident there have been achievements and some very real gains for victims and survivors of institutional child sexual abuse in getting their voices heard.”