In a very thorough statement published today on the Inquiry’s website, Chair Lowell Goddard has confirmed that she will be investigating the claims against Lord Janner. The decision to do so was made by Goddard and the current panel members.

The investigation will look at the conduct of institutions involved, the factual basis for the allegations both in relation to Lord Janner and the alleged improper attempts by senior public figures to influence the decision making process by these bodies, as well as previous police investigations and prosecutorial decisions.

Survivors and witnesses who wish to make  statements will be able to do so, and interviews with individuals whose conduct may be called into question will also make up part of the investigation.

The statement also suggests that Lord Janner could be interviewed if Goddard considers it appropriate upon reviewing all available medical evidence, and, crucially, commissioning her own expert report should she feel this is necessary.

Whilst this investigation won’t impact on or change The Director of Public Prosecutions’ (DPP) decision not to prosecute Lord Janner, Lord Janner could be prosecuted if the DPP’s decision is successfully overturned by a Judicial Review.

The statement and the Q&A section under it are worth a read. You can catch it all here.

If you’d like to get in touch with the Inquiry about this investigation, you can do so by contacting their Senior Communications Advisor, David Jervis at david.jervis@childsexualabuseinquiry.gsi.gov.uk or on 07771 982 759

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