In a ‘review law,’ the Justice Secretary makes a promise to Hillsborough families.
Following the failure of the Hillsborough disaster trials, Justice Secretary Robert Buckland stated that the government will “always explore possibilities to revise the law and how it operates.”
As he answered an urgent question on the subject in the House of Commons, Mr Buckland also praised the families of the 96 victims of the 1989 disaster for their “immense strength, commitment, and patience.”
Last month, a judge concluded that there was no case to answer in the trial of two retired police officers and a barrister accused of perverting the course of justice in the aftermath of the accident.
We will, of course, continue to evaluate chances to examine the law and how it operates as we evaluate the verdict in the latest Hillsborough trial and its ramifications.
“We recognize the need for persons in public office to act responsibly and to fulfill their obligations with both honesty and integrity,” Mr Buckland said in response to an urgent question from Labour’s Maria Eagle (Garston and Halewood).
“And, when we assess the verdict in the latest Hillsborough trial and its consequences, we will, of course, continue to look for chances to review the law and how it works.
“I want to reassure families that this will not be an exception. We are carefully considering the points raised by former Bishop of Liverpool James Jones in his 2017 report on the Hillsborough families’ experiences, including the proposed duty of candour, and our focus now, following the conclusion of this trial, will be on publishing the Government’s overarching response to the report after further consultation with all of the families.”
Mr Buckland went on to say that “the Government remains committed to engage with the survivors and bereaved families” and that it was “critical” that Hillsborough lessons be learned.
He echoed former Prime Minister David Cameron’s apology and paid respect to the “immense fortitude, determination, and patience” of the relatives of the 96 persons killed in the Hillsborough disaster, as well as those injured, who are still grieving 32 years later. (This is a brief piece.)