Correct subtitle from erratum (and dust jacket) : Public inquiries : wrong route on Bloody Sunday.
xvi, 158 pages ; 24 cm
9781509906789 hardback alkaline paper 1509906789 hardback alkaline paper 9781509906802 (ePDF) 9781509906796 (ePub)
"Throughout the twentieth century, administrations have wrestled with public concerns over national disasters and social scandals. The history and function of public inquiries are discussed here, depicting the dominant habit of lawyers up to the Bloody Sunday Inquiry, ill-directed in 1998 for twelve-and-a-half years. The author became the legal representative for the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association in December 2000, two years into the public inquiry. Modernisation of public inquiries took place in the Inquiries Act 2005, heralded as a good piece of legislation. The result is a system of public inquiries conducted uniformly by Commissioners of Inquiry. Judges and leading lawyers are often Commissioners of Inquiry, although public inquiries are, as they always were, sterile of legal effect. They are the long arm of the sponsoring Minister; as Lord Bingham stated, 'unlike any court of law.'"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Concern for scandals and disasters Early beginnings : corruption and maladministration The Royal Commission on Tribunals of Inquiry 1966 (the Salmon Commission) The jurisprudence of public inquiries The wrong turn in 1998 : a final dose of inappropriate legalism The lapse of time : assessment of evidence The unexplained circumstances An analysis of the [Inquiries] Act of 2005 : an aspect of public administration The chairing of commissions : horses for courses Counsel to the inquiry, statutory and non-statutory Safeguards for witnesses Chilcot-Maxwellisation-Saville : the problem of delay Model inquiries : Hillsborough (1989) and Litvinenko (2015) Conclusion Postscript Lessons learned, or another wrong turn?
KD4895 .B56 2017
Available in Other Form
Online version: Blom-Cooper, Louis, 1926- author. Public inquiries Portland, Oregon : Hart Publishing, 2017
Oxford ; Portland, Oregon : Hart Publishing, 2017.