The Manchester Arena Inquiry: lessons for future inquiries – 6KBW College Hill

Posted April 24th, 2024 in chambers articles, inquiries, news, terrorism, victims, witnesses by sally

‘Lawyers involved in public inquiries often refer, half in jest and half out of fear, to a hypothetical future ‘inquiry into the inquiry’ in which their decisions will be scrutinised. Happily for lawyers, but perhaps to the detriment of future inquiries, there is usually relatively little analysis and certainly no formal mechanism to review the effectiveness of an inquiry following its completion. That is the position notwithstanding the growing reliance on public inquiries to investigate matters of acute public concern, and that chief amongst the many purposes of inquiries – establishing facts, providing accountability, making recommendations – is learning lessons.’

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6KBW College Hill, 17th April 2024