Press Notice 006

Judicial Review of the Robert Hamill Inquiry Panelís ruling on applications for anonymity
3rd November 2006

The judgment in the judicial review of the Robert Hamill Inquiry Panel’s ruling on applications for anonymity was today given in the High Court in Belfast at 9:45 am.

The Court decided that the Robert Hamill Inquiry Panel’s ruling could not be upheld.

The importance attached by the Inquiry Panel to the avoidance of anonymity is apparent from the text of its ruling and an appeal against the judgment is being considered.

Further information about the Inquiry’s progress and timetable will be published on its website at as soon as it becomes available.


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.”

  4. Further information

    Further information is available at the Inquiry’s website at

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