Monday, 8 August 2016

The Lowell Goddard resignation

Cathy Fox, a persistent campaigner for justice for child victims of abuse, has taken the even-handed approach of posting the responses of  the opposition to the Goddard Inquiry. One wonders how her honour's appointment, which was hailed as a bold and intelligent move sixteen months ago, is suddenly seen as perverse.

Justice Goddard's sudden resignation may not be the disaster which it might seem at first sight. Her stewardship has had the effect of taking the Inquiry out of the media eye and allowed the back-office staff to proceed with the business of marshalling witnesses and so on. It may be that the Inquiry's scope was too broad for one person to oversee. However, that is no reason to abandon any part of it. Things have gone too far. If necessary, there should be a division of judicial labour. Perhaps PM Theresa May and Home Secretary Amber Rudd would consider the suggestion made earlier that a Scottish judge without any ties which might be seen as compromising should be brought in.

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