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16 June 2014

The Independent Jersey Care Inquiry will begin public hearings on Tuesday 22 July. The announcement was made by Frances Oldham QC, the Inquiry's Chair, at a preliminary hearing in St Helier.

The Inquiry is still waiting for documents from the States of Jersey relating to the Redress Scheme, set up to compensate victims of abuse in the care system.

A summons requesting these documents has not been complied with and will be the subject of a further preliminary hearing on Wednesday 2 July.

Mrs Oldham said: "Despite expressions of support from the States, these documents have not been forthcoming. The summons that was served is designed to prevent delays so that the Inquiry can get on with its work."

When oral hearings begin, it's expected the first witnesses will be experts on the care system in Jersey, and will provide evidence on its context and background.

Mrs Oldham has promised a "robust and fearless" investigation of the way the service was run

 on the island, including the abuse of children over many decades.

The Panel, including Prof Sandy Cameron and Alyson Leslie, aim to establish what happened and. They will make recommendations to ensure children are better protected in the future.

The transcript from today's preliminary hearing will be available on the website shortly.

The Inquiry's Legal Team is still taking witness statements. Anyone with experience or information that might be relevant is invited to get in touch.

Jersey/ UK:      0800 735 0100

International:  +44 (0) 1534 828 798

Email: info@jerseycareinquiry.org

Post:  PO Box 551, St Helier, Jersey JE4 8XN

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