RefNoPOL/20
TitleLord Justice Stuart-Smith Scrutiny
DescriptionFollowing the general election in June 1997, Jack Straw MP, the new Home Secretary, asked Lord Justice Stuart-Smith, an appeal court judge, to conduct a scrutiny into "whether there is any fresh evidence which might have a bearing on the various legal procedures and decisions that have been taken". In particular his remit was to ascertain whether or not any evidence now existed that was not available to Lord Taylor, the DPP or South Yorkshire Police when conducting their investigations. The subsequent report concentrated on several key areas, including the video evidence and South Yorkshire Police amended statements.

This series consist largely of correspondence between Stuart-Smith's secretary and Hammond Suddards, South Yorkshire Police's solicitor with regards to the Scrutiny and Judicial Review of the Coroner's Inquest. The series also contains working files of evidence and correspondence relating to various issues: amended statements, alleged coaching of officers prior to Taylor Inquiry, use of audio and visual material, barrier 124A, Granada Television, outcomes of civil actions against South Yorkshire Police, documentation held by Cheshire Constabulary, Deputy Chief Constable Peter Hayes, South Yorkshire Police, requests for documents and evidence of specific individuals and correspondence relating to medical staff of the Northern General Hospital.
Date1989 - 2004
Extent23 items
AccessStatusRestricted
LevelSeries
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