Hillsborough Inquest Judge Appointed

(February 13, 2013)

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Lord Justice Goldring to act as coroner for Hillsborough inquests

Lord Justice Goldring has been appointed by the Coroners for the South Yorkshire (East) and the West Yorkshire (West) Districts as an Assistant Deputy Coroner for the purpose of conducting the inquests into the deaths of the 96 people in the Hillsborough disaster.

Lord Justice Goldring will decide in due course where the inquests will be held.

He plans to open the inquests as soon as possible.

Liverpool Walton MP Steve Rotheram explained, "This is very welcome news and comes in the same week that the Government amended the Corner's Act to lift the geographical constraints on inquests which means Lord Justice Goldring is free to hold the inquests wherever he deems suitable.

"The Judge has considerable experience having been the Senior Presiding Judge of England and Wales from January 2010 until December 2012. He was called to the Bar in 1969 and became a QC in 1987. He was appointed a High Court Judge in December 1999. Between 2002 and 2005 he was Presiding Judge of the Midland Circuit. He was appointed as a judge of the Court of Appeal and Deputy Senior Presiding Judge in October 2008 and Senior Presiding Judge on 1 January 2010.

"Lord Justice Goldring has been appointed by the South Yorkshire (East) Coroner to conduct the inquests into the 95 deaths at Hillsborough and by the West Yorkshire (West) Coroner to conduct the inquest into the death of Tony Bland who died of injuries he sustained at Hillsborough. It is anticipated the 96 inquests will be heard together.

"The announcement is further evidence of the enormity of the Hillsborough case. In recent times, a Judge has been appointed as assistant deputy corner in the inquests of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed, the inquests into the deaths of those killed in the London bombings on 7 July 2005, the inquest into the death of Jean Charles de Menezes, the inquest into the death of Ian Tomlinson in the City of London and more recently the inquest into the death of Alexander Litvinenko.

"With the inquests set to start in the very near future, we are beginning to move towards Justice for the 96". 

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