THE BIRMINGHAM PUB BOMBINGS 1974 – PERMISSION GRANTED FOR A JUDICIAL REVIEW OF THE CORONER’S RULING ON SCOPE
KRW LAW LLP represents ten of the families of victims of the Birmingham Pub Bombings 1974 in the resumed inquests into the deaths of their loved ones.
Following the Coroner’s Ruling on Scope delivered on 3rd July 2017 we decided that since the Ruling on Scope excluded any investigation or examination of the perpetrator issue – who made the bombs, who planted the bombs and their associates – that decision should be challenged.
We applied for the Ruling on Scope to be challenged by way a judicial review. That application has now been accepted and permission to proceed with the challenge granted. There will be hearing before the Divisional Court (a Justice of Appeal and a High Court Judge) after 27th November 2017.
This application for permission was funded by Crowd Justice – public pledges and donations – and our clients through J4the21 will be seeking further funding to move to this next stage of the judicial review.
Further funding is needed to argue this application at its highest. On behalf of our clients we thank the generosity of the public in bring this important application this far but bigger challenges lie ahead.
As this is the final opportunity for an independent human rights compliant investigation into the bombings, this inquest must be as inclusive as possible otherwise our clients fear it will deliver only what is already in the public domain.
This judicial review will be a way of making those arguments and requesting that the Ruling on Scope be set aside and a new Ruling on Scope made which will include the core perpetrator issue.
Anurag Deb of KRW said “This is an important achievement in the on-going quest for truth, justice and accountability for our clients – the relatives of the victims of the Birmingham Pub Bombings 1974 who we are proud to represent – being granted permission to challenge the Ruling on Scope of the Coroner will enable us to pursue the perpetrator issue before the judges in the Divisional Court which will engage important points of law relating to the investigations of historic human rights violations – which are all too real to those who are relatives.”