The Hillsborough legal teams, including GCN's Pete Weatherby QC , Mark George QC ,Andy Fitzpatrick and Kate Stone , who acted for 22 families, all received a standing ovation at the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year 2016 (LALY) awards yesterday evening as they were awarded the outstanding achievement award.
Lord Justice Goldring has been appointed by the Coroners for the South Yorkshire (East) and the West Yorkshire (West) Districts as an Assistant Deputy Coroner for the purpose of conducting the inquests into the deaths of the 96 people in the Hillsborough disaster.
On 19th December 2012 the Lord Chief Justice granted the Attorney General's application to quash the original Hillsborough inquest verdicts. Mark George QC, in a blog for the Justice Gap, reflects on this development and where now for the Justice for the 96 families.
In a momentus day for the Hillsborough families, the High Court has today allowed the AG's application and quashed the accidental death inquest verdicts on 96 Liverpool football fans who died at Hillsborough.
An application by the Attorney General to quash the original Hillsborough inquest verdicts was made on Monday (10/12/12) and is due to be heard at the High Court next Wednesday (19/12/12) by the Chief Justice Lord Judge and two other judges.
Following the resignation of West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Sir Norman Bettison earlier this week (24/10/12) the IPCC has said the resignation does not stop him being prosecuted should criminal offences be identified.
The IPCC is under pressure to widen its investigation into alleged fabrication of evidence by South Yorkshire officers in the 1980s as new allegations emerge of attempts to frame miners at the Orgreave coking plant clashes in 1984. GCN's Mark George QC has contributed to a BBC One Inside Out documentary (to be broadcast tonight in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire) for which he analysed 40 police officers' Orgreave statements, and found that many contained identical descriptions of alleged disorder by the miners.