New Hillsborough inquests bid

An application by the Attorney General to quash the original Hillsborough inquest verdicts is due to be heard at the High Court on Wednesday, 19th December, the Judicial Office said today.

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Hillsborough campaigner: Hopefully inquest will be quashed

Hillsborough campaigner Anne Williams, whose son Kevin died in the disaster, has welcomed the announcement from the Attorney General's office:


I would like to thank everyone who has supported me over the years, all the forensic path and barristers who helped me and believed in me.


I thank everyone who sighned my e petition, hopefully the accidental death verdict will now be struck down and the right verdict placed.

Inquests bid a 'huge milestone' for Hillsborough campaign

Hillsborough campaigner and Liverpool Walton MP Steve Rotheram added:

This is another huge milestone on the road to justice for the 96.

The Attorney General made clear earlier this year that the evidence from the Hillsborough Independent Panel Report was overwhelming and as a consequence he would be filing an application to the High Court to overturn the original 'accidental death' inquest verdicts from 1989. Today, he delivered on that promise.

In terms of what happens now, there will be a 14-day consultation period in which time any individual or organisation involved in the original 1989 inquest may make representations to the court. It is important that due process is done.