On 27 March 2018 the Coroner was notified that permission to appeal the High Court judgement dated 26 January 2018 has been granted. The appeal is listed to be heard on 17 July 2018 at the Royal Courts of Justice.
A judicial review hearing in the High Court was heard by Lord Justice Simon and Mrs Justice Carr on the 6th and 7th December 2017 sitting at the Family and Civil Justice Centre in Birmingham. The judicial review hearing considered matters arising from the Coroner’s ruling, dated 3 July 2017, on the scope of the Inquests. The judicial review judgment was handed down on 26th January 2018 at the Family and Civil Justice Centre in Birmingham. A copy of the judgment can be found here.
The Coroner has carefully considered the judgement, which, concerns the extent to which these inquests, which are not criminal proceedings, can investigate and seek to identify those individuals who were responsible for the tragic events in Birmingham 43 years ago. The questions raised by the judgment are vital to the inquests into the deaths of the 21 people who died as a result of the bombings and are also of general public importance.
The Coroner considers that clarity and certainty are required on these matters in order that the work of the inquests can continue to proceed effectively. In the circumstances, the Coroner considers that legal issues raised in the High Court judgment require reconsideration and clarification and he now intends to seek permission to appeal the judgment to the Court of Appeal.
On Thursday, 21 November 1974, explosions occurred in two public houses in central Birmingham: the Mulberry Bush and the Tavern in the Town. 21 people were killed and over 200 were injured in the blasts.
Inquests were opened in November 1974 and subsequently adjourned to allow for a criminal investigation. The inquests were not resumed following the conclusion of those criminal proceedings.
On 1 June 2016 HM Senior Coroner for Birmingham and Solihull ruled that there was sufficient evidence for the adjourned inquests to be reopened.
His Honour Sir Peter Thornton QC is the nominated judge to oversee the Inquests. He was nominated, at the request of the Chief Coroner, by the Lord Chief Justice pursuant to paragraph 3, Schedule 10 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009.
The purpose of this website is to provide information relating to the Inquests, including transcripts of the proceedings and evidence that is produced during the hearings as well as any useful updates. Although a number of pre inquest hearings have been held, no date has yet been set for the start of the Inquests.