The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) held public hearings on 26 – 28 November as part of the second phase of the Accountability and Reparations investigation, but have had to add a further date before reaching a conclusion.

The Accountability and Reparations published their report in the first phase of the investigation on 19 September 2019. It focused on five case studies from across England and Wales. The first phase looked at the publication of issue papers on the civil justice system and on criminal compensation in August 2016.

The second phase was to investigate the civil claim process and how the Defendant solicitors and their Insurers handled these claims. The public hearings focused on the law of limitation and redress schemes that could potentially be available.

However, the Inquiry were not able to complete the hearings in November, as a senior civil servant from the Ministry of Justice could not give his evidence. This was due to the rules that are in place for civil servants and what they are able do The Inquiry has added a further day for hearing the evidence from the civil servant and a representative of the Local Government Association on 5 February 2020. The closing statements will also be heard on that date.

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