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Inquiry updates preliminary hearing date

15 April 2019

The Inquiry has today announced that the preliminary hearing into institutional responses to allegations of child sexual abuse involving the late Lord Janner of Braunstone QC will not now take place on 23 May, but will now be held on 24 September.

In her Determination dated 11 April 2017, the Chair of the Inquiry, Professor Alexis Jay OBE,  set out her view that the public hearing in this investigation should not be held until she was satisfied that an appropriate balance has been struck to minimise:

(a) duplication of work that is being conducted by other organisations, in particular, the IPCC (now the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC),

(b) the risk that a public hearing will contaminate evidence relevant to any criminal proceedings, and

(c) the risk that the welfare of some individuals may be adversely affected by repeated questioning about issues relevant to this investigation.  

The Chair noted that she would continue to review the progress of the IOPC investigation and that she did not rule out the possibility that any public hearings in the investigation could commence before the IOPC has concluded all of its work.

The IOPC has recently provided the Inquiry with submissions which explain the investigatory steps that it has carried out, the reasons for the extended timetable and the work that it is yet to complete.  

As it is clear that the IOPC will not have reached any such conclusions by 23 May 2019, the preliminary hearing will be postponed and relisted to take place in September 2019 by which time the outcome of the IOPC’s investigation and decision making should be clear.  

The next preliminary hearing in this investigation will therefore take place at 10.30 on 24 September 2019.  

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