Looks like we lost Ben Emmerson for the England inquiries. Does anyone have an update on what's happening in the UK?
The status on the child abuse inquiry in ENGLAND
They need a new senior counsel and a new junior counsel, and those both have to be up-to-speed and ready for the hearings scheduled to begin early next year. Lot of conflict over scope and methods of the inquiry, so the legal challenges may start to mount up if the (current) chair Prof. Jay doesn't get to grips with things quickly.
Inquiry interview sessions are going ahead this month.
Can anything be so unfortunate?
It is becoming difficult to believe that somebody isn't sabotaging the inquiry.
Maybe they need a "Spotlight" team of journalists over their to do an expose of potential cover ups.
I posted yesterday's front page news here:
Today's front page? (with full double page spread inside)
Abuse inquiry in doubt after lawyer quits
Abuse inquiry in doubt after lawyer quits
The most senior barrister at the national child abuse inquiry quit last night, putting the future of the £100 million investigation in doubt.
Ben Emmerson, QC, had been suspended on Wednesday night amid concerns about his leadership. Yesterday it emerged that his deputy on the legal team had resigned days earlier.
Janner family’s challenge could bring sex abuse inquiry to a halt
The first public sessions of the national child abuse inquiry could be scrapped in response to a new legal challenge.
The family of Lord Janner of Braunstone, the Labour peer who died last year, told The Times yesterday that they had instructed lawyers to seek a judicial review of the decision by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) to hold public hearings into the allegations against him.
Rising costs threaten to push final bill well above £100m
The cost of the child abuse public inquiry could soar above the predicted £100 million, Whitehall sources have told The Times.
Officials are understood to have proposed significant increases to the annual budget, which could lead to costs doubling as the inquiry moves from a formative period into conducting evidence sessions in a number of modules of its ambitious work programme.
Victims lose faith in an investigation ‘run by Whitehall’
At 6.27pm on Wednesday, after a day of fending off questions about the future of Ben Emmerson, QC, its leading counsel, officials at the independent public inquiry into child abuse stated that they would not be making any further comment.
Difficult negotiations on the terms of Mr Emmerson’s agreed departure had stalled and the lawyers and officials involved had decided to call it a day.
Ninety-six minutes later the inquiry announced that it had suspended him because of serious concerns about his leadership of the legal team and that there would be a full investigation.
There was no explanation of what had happened in the hour and a half between having nothing to say and taking the dramatic decision to suspend one of Britain’s most senior and respected barristers.
New child sex abuse inquiry crisis as two lawyers announce their resignations in one day
The future of the national child sex abuse inquiry was plunged deeper into crisis on Thursday night after the two most senior lawyers in charge announced their resignations.
Ben Emmerson QC, the counsel to the inquiry, quit at 10pm last night, a little over 24 hours after being suspended from the role.
Mr Emmerson’s deputy Elizabeth Prochaska, the inquiry’s junior counsel, announced she had also stood down although it was claimed her decision was not linked to recent events.
Jehovah has put into their minds not to have the enquiry lol
I'm on the same page as Cofty.
Are there people in seriously powerful positions who are trying to railroad the inquiry for "personal" reasons?
Such concerns have been raised regarding the horrendous scenario in Belgium. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2002/jan/25/worlddispatch.dutroux
Personally, I think it's more basic - it's seems to be a problem with the lack of calibre of people running the public inquiry.
Yes, admittedly those in the 'front-line' of public service - such as MPs etc - are not really paid a lot
It's the people behind them - the 'second-line' of public service where the money is paid - and that's what we're seeing with this Inquiry
And what do we get for that money? And what would happen in the private sector??!?
Look at America - love him or hate him - I think that's also one of the reasons why somebody like Trump appeals to the electorate - he's not a 'career-public servant' - agree or disagree with how good he is/was in private business - the appeal is that he has actually been in business, and not a life long career based public service politician.
I suspect powerful people behind the scenes may be trying to stonewall as much as possible (for obvious reasons).