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How will the Hillsborough Law prevent misleading information?

How will the Hillsborough Law prevent misleading information?
Published on: 16 May 2017
Published by: LexisPSL
  • How will the Hillsborough Law prevent misleading information?
  • What is the Hillsborough Law and what is it trying to achieve?
  • The Bill makes it illegal for those in public service to give misleading information, what regulations currently govern evidence given by authorities and public servants and how will this be different?
  • How do you envisage that the proposed offences for public bodies will be enforced in practice?
  • Does the Bill unfairly prejudice public servants or authorities during inquests?
  • How will this Bill affect practitioners who represent public authorities and bereaved families?

Article summary

Corporate Crime analysis: One of Andy Burnham’s last acts as an MP was to introduce a 10-minute Bill to Parliament. The Bill outlined the ‘Hillsborough Law’, which would make lying or hiding information at inquests a crime punishable by prison time. However, the Bill did not make it through Parliament before it was dissolved. Instead, elements of the Bill are likely to be included in a report being prepared by the Bishop of Liverpool, which is due to be presented to the Home Office this summer. Patrick Roche, from Garden Court Chambers, helped draft the Bill and hopes it will end a culture of ‘institutional defensiveness’. He discusses whether the Bill unfairly prejudices public servants and how it would affect practitioners acting for public authorities. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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