UK - Hillsborough, Inquest into the deaths of 96 people at the FA Cup semi-final game, 1989

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  1. Legally Bland

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    Might have to be careful on this one.
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    Press release

    Media advisory notice - Hillsborough proceedings
    The Attorney General Jeremy Wright QC MP wishes to draw attention to the requirement not to publish material, including online, which could jeopardise the defendants’ right to a fair trial

    Published 29 June 2018
    From:
    Attorney General's Office and The Rt Hon Jeremy Wright MP

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    Attorney General Jeremy Wright QC MP

    Criminal proceedings against six individuals arising out of the investigations into the tragic events at Hillsborough on the 15th of April 1989 and its aftermath are currently active. The first of three criminal trials is due to start in 10 weeks’ time.

    The Attorney General Jeremy Wright QC MP wishes to draw attention to the requirement not to publish material, including online, which could create a substantial risk that the course of justice in these proceedings may be seriously impeded or prejudiced, thereby jeopardising the defendants’ right to a fair trial.

    In particular, the Attorney General draws attention to the requirement not to publish material that asserts or assumes, expressly or implicitly, the guilt of any of those who face trial, whether in relation to the events of the 15th of April 1989 or to subsequent events. That is an issue to be determined solely by the three juries on the evidence that they hear in court.

    The risks may also arise by commentary which prejudges issues that witnesses may give evidence about or which asserts or assumes wrongdoing on the part of organisations by whom the defendants were employed.

    The Attorney General’s Office will be monitoring the coverage of these proceedings.

    Editors, publishers and social media users should take legal advice to ensure they are in a position to fully comply with the obligations they are subject to under the Contempt of Court Act.

    They are also reminded of the terms of the order made under section 4(2) of the Contempt of Court Act 1981 by Sir Peter Openshaw DL on 29th June 2018.

    Media advisory notice - Hillsborough proceedings
     
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    Jury selection begins in trial of Hillsborough chief

    74-year-old former police chief superintendent David Duckenfield sat in the well of the court alongside former Sheffield Wednesday club secretary Graham Mackrell, who is charged with contravening the stadium's safety certificate and a health and safety offence, as proceedings began in Preston Crown Court.
     
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    09:55 JOE THOMAS
    Live updates to be provided from court every day the trial sits
    Once the trial opens the ECHO will be providing live updates from the courtroom. This will be the case every day the court is in session.


    11:39
    Judge enters court and legal preparations begin
    The judge, Sir Peter Openshaw, has entered the courtroom, which is Court Room One at Preston Crown Court.

    In the court this morning are the associated legal teams for all three parties, the Crown, Duckenfield and Mackrell.

    Both defendants are sat at the back of the court.


    11:39
    Selection of the jury
    Sir Peter will now oversee the selection of the jury for this case.

    A panel of 100 potential jurors has been gathered.

    They will be asked to go through a series of questions, their answers to which will determine whether they are suitable for the panel.


    11:39
    Potential jurors enter the court
    With 100 jurors to select from, this initial process is taking place in front of a restricted press and public, so that everyone can fit in the court.

    There are seven members of the press and 14 family members seated in the press gallery.

    The jurors are throughout the court, including in the dock and the public gallery, as they listen to Sir Peter.


    11:40 KEY EVENT
    Case could last up to four months
    Sir Peter introduces himself and the case.

    Sir Peter: “Public opinion in this country strongly suggests a system of trial by jury, particularly in serious cases.”

    He says the summons jurors have received suggest juries typically sit for two weeks but that it can be longer in some cases.

    He says this is an “important case which might last three/four months”.

    He says he expects the case to be concluded by May 10 at the latest.


    11:45
    Jury Questions
    Jury Questions - he opens with whether potential jurors were present at the FA Cup semi-final at which the tragedy unfolded.

    The questions that the 100 potential jurors have to answer are now being read to the court.

    The judge has said the press can report these.

    There are 18 questions in all.

    In summary, they include: Were you, or any close relatives or friends, present at the match, or are you a close friend or relative of anyone who was killed?


    11:49
    Questions continued
    Potential jurors also being asked:

    • Are you/have you, or any close friends or relatives involved/been involved in any campaigns associated with Hillsborough?
    • Are you, or are any close friends or family, (or have you/they been) fans of Liverpool FC, Everton FC, Nottingham Forest or Sheffield Wednesday?

    11:51
    Do you live in or near Ormskirk or Skelmersdale?
    Potential jurors also being asked:

    • Have they, or do they know anyone, who was a student of, or employed by, Edge Hill University between 1984-2003?
    • Do you, or do any close friends or family, live in or near Ormskirk or Skelmersdale?
    • Do you know, or do you know anyone, who knows the defendants or their family or friends
    • Are you, have you, or do you have any relatives/close friends who are or have been employed by the police?
    • The same question, in relation to the Crown Prosecution Service, Independent Police Complaints Commission, Health and Safety Executive or Independent Office for Police Conduct?
    • And the same question, this time in relation to the Football Association, Sheffield Wednesday FC and Sheffield City Council?
    • Are you aware of anything that may prevent you returning “independent and impartial” verdicts?

    11:59
    Health, holiday and education questions
    More questions for potential jurors:

    • Do you suffer any physical condition that may adversely affect your ability to sit in court throughout this case?
    • Do you suffer any mental illness or condition that may adversely affect your ability to hear this case?
    • Are you in business of your own, or genuinely irreplaceable to your work?
    • Is there any other personal reason, such as childcare, which may affect your ability to hear the case?
    • Do you have any pre-booked holidays during this period?
    • Are you in full time education?
    • Do you have any important appointments that can not be rescheduled?
    • Is there any other point that want to make?

    12:00
    Witness list read out to potential jurors
    Following those 18 questions, the jury was read a list of witnesses - they have been asked to make the court aware if they know or are connected to any of them.

    For many of those questions jurors are asked to detail their connection to the people/companies listed.

    After the witnesses were listed, but before the potential jurors were sent out, the judge asked them not to do any research over the Hillsborough tragedy.

    Hillsborough: Updates from trial of David Duckenfield and Graham Mackrell
     
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    From yesterday (Day 1):


    Hillsborough: Updates from trial of David Duckenfield and Graham Mackrell
     
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    Day 2


    Jury Selection


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    Indictment for David Godfrey Duckenfield



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    Names of the deceased related to the indictment



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    Indictment for Graham Henry Mackrell



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    Opening address by the Judge



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    Prosecution opening speech - the case against Duckenfield



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    Prosecution opening speech - the case against Mackrell


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    Prosecution opening speech - summary of charges



    12:51

    Court adjourns for lunch

    The session will resume at 2pm.


    Hillsborough: Updates from trial of David Duckenfield and Graham Mackrell
     
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    14:11

    Back in court for afternoon session

    Hello everyone, we are now back in court for the afternoon session. Mr Matthews will continue with the prosecution opening shortly.



    Prosecution opening speech - general




    16:08

    Court adjourned

    That is the final point that he wishes to make today. The court has been adjourned and we will return at 10.30am tomorrow.


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    Thanks for all the updates Legally
     
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    Day 3

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    Prosecution opening


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