Press Notice 002

New Deadlines
9th June 2005

The Robert Hamill Inquiry announced today that applications for public interest immunity and anonymity should be made by 30 June 2005. Any person or organisation wishing to make applications to the Inquiry for public interest immunity or anonymity should apply in writing to the solicitor to the Inquiry.

Any application should set out:

  • the identity of the applicant;
  • the reason for the application;
  • precisely what documents are the subject of an immunity application; and
  • any other relevant details.

There is also deadline for receipt of applications to be heard by the Inquiry and for publicly funded legal representation. Anyone wishing to apply to be heard by the Inquiry at its public hearings of evidence, or for publicly funded legal representation must submit an application form in writing by Friday 15 July 2005.

Application forms and further details are available on the Inquiry’s website at: or by writing to the secretary to the Inquiry.

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.

    The inquiry is being held under section 44 of the Police ( Northern Ireland) Act 1998.

  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.”

  4. Further information

    Further information is available at the Inquiry’s website at

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