Press Notice 011

Start date for full hearings
6th March 2008

The Robert Hamill Inquiry proposed to start its full hearings on 8th April 2008. Unfortunately, a question which arose some time ago regarding an application to extend the Inquiry’s terms of reference has not been decided. With regret, the Inquiry Panel has concluded that it would not be practicable to start the full hearings on 8th April. The Inquiry will set a new start date as soon as this matter has been resolved.

For any further information regarding the Robert Hamill Inquiry, please contact: Judi Kemish, Solicitor to the Inquiry Tel: 020 7976 0473

Issued by Liz Fawcett Consulting on behalf of the Robert Hamill Inquiry. Tel: (028) 9020 0811.


Notes for Editors

  1. The Panel
    The Chairman of the Inquiry is Sir Edwin Jowitt, a retired Justice for the High Court, Queen’s Bench Division. The other panel members are Sir John Evans (former President of the Association of Chief Police Officers and retired Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Constabulary) and Reverend Baroness Richardson of Calow (Moderator of he Churches’ Commission for Inter Faith Relations).

  2. The Inquiry
    On the 16 November 2004 the then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Paul Murphy, announced the terms of reference for the inquiry into the death of Robert Hamill following an incident in Portadown, County Armagh on 27 April 1997.

  3. Terms of Reference
    The Terms of Reference are:

    “To inquire into the death of Robert Hamill with a view to determining whether any wrongful act or omission by or within the Royal Ulster Constabulary facilitated his death or obstructed the investigation of it, or whether attempts were made to do so; whether any such act or omission was intentional or negligent; whether the investigation of his death was carried out with due diligence; and to make recommendations.”



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