The Independent Jersey Care Inquiry has received
more than two million pages and heard evidence from more than 600 witnesses
since starting in April 2014.
Speaking at the end of Phase 2 on Wednesday (17
February), Panel Chair, Frances Oldham QC, thanked all those who had
contributed to their work.
“When the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry commenced
we promised that we would listen to anyone who had a contribution to make. We
have kept that promise over the 138 hearing days that the Panel has received
evidence at Seaton Place,” she stated.
“More than 200 witnesses have given evidence
directly to the Inquiry and the evidence of more than 450 residents and those
who worked in care services has been read into the record. The Inquiry
received more than two million pages – 66,000 of which have been used to
facilitate our work.”
Ms Oldham explained that the work of Phase 3 is
“The Panel has already had 62 meetings and visits
with agencies and people concerned with services for children. We have received
submissions from more than 40 individuals and organisations on how services for
children in Jersey should develop.
“During 1st-4th March and on 18th March, round-table discussions will be held in
public with some of these contributors, with politicians and experts on the
future of child care services in Jersey.”
She reminded Interested parties that they were
advised in December that the following timetable will apply in respect of
written submissions to the Inquiry. She said submissions should be focussed
(bullet points acceptable) and address the Terms of Reference.
Friday 11th March: Estimate provided of length of
written submissions (number of pages)
Friday 18th March: Submissions provided to the Inquiry in electronic form to email@example.com
Tuesday 22nd March: Submissions released to all other Interested Parties via
Magnum (the Inquiry’s document management system)
Friday 8th April: Brief written responses to the submissions of other Interested
Tuesday 3th May: Interested Parties receive Counsel to the Inquiry’s written
Monday 16th May: Oral submissions begin at St Paul’s Centre. 1300
Ms Oldham’s directions to Interested Parties on the format for written
submissions and the timetable for oral submissions will be emailed to all
parties this week.