THE BIRMINGHAM PUB BOMBINGS 1974: JUDICIAL REVIEW BEFORE THE COURT OF APPEAL
KRW LAW LLP represent ten of the families of victims of the Birmingham Pub Bombings 1974 in the resumed inquests into the deaths of their loved ones.
Tomorrow in the Court of Appeal in London, the Coroner to the Birmingham Pub Bombing 1974 inquest will argue that a Divisional Court of the Administrative Division of the Nigh Court was wrong to set aside his Ruling on Scope. He had decided to exclude the issue of perpetrators from the scope of the coronial investigation. The Divisional Court ordered him retake his decision.
The Lord Chief Justice Sir Ian Burnett, Lady Justice Hallett and Lord Justice McCombe will hear the appeal. Hugh Southey QC of Matrix Chambers and Adam Straw of Doughty Street Chambers will argue that a human rights compliant investigation of the Birmingham Pub Bombings 1974 must address the question of Who Bombed Birmingham? – and who were the organisers, the carriers, the planters and their associates. In addition, they will, if allowed, argue about the role of the West Midlands Police in any coronial or other investigation.
All the parties involved agree that the points of law to be argued are core to the nature of investigating instances of where violent multiple deaths have occurred and what the effective scope of such investigations can and should be.
It is expected that judgment will be reserved and handed down later in the year. The hearing will be before the Court of Appeal (Civil Division) Court 4.