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Monday 10th December 2012 | 16:48
Attorney General press release
The Attorney General, Dominic Grieve QC MP has today made an application to the High Court for new inquests to be held into the deaths of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough tragedy.
The Attorney General said:
“I believe that the case for the High Court to quash the original inquests is a good one. My application has now been lodged with the Court. It is my intention to appear to argue the case at the hearing that will take place in the High Court.”
"The application aims to meet tests set out in Section 13 of the Coroners Act, the most relevant of which are the discovery of new facts or evidence and that it is necessary or desirable in the interests of justice that new
inquests should be held.
"The principal ground for the application is the new medical evidence. The alteration to police and emergency services evidence is a supporting factor as is stadium safety.
"The views of the families were sought before filing this Application. All support the quashing of the inquests and the ordering of new ones. The coroners for South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire (in the case of Anthony Bland) were also contacted and support the application.
"The Court will now fix a date for hearing. The timing of this is a matter for the Court.