On 12 February 2020 the Home Secretary announced an independent inquiry, under the Inquiries Act 2005, to investigate the circumstances of the death of Jermaine Baker during a Metropolitan Police Service operation on 11 December 2015. It has been necessary to establish an inquiry so as to permit all relevant evidence to be heard.The Written Ministerial Statement of the Inquiry
Commencement of Oral Hearings
The Inquiry will be commencing its substantive oral hearings on Monday 14th June 2021. They are anticipated to run up until Friday 6th August 2021 at the latest.
They will be held at the International Dispute Resolution Centre [IDRC], Chronicle House, 2nd floor, 72-78 Fleet Street, London EC4A 1HY.
Except for hearings which have been designated as ‘closed’, members of the public are allowed to attend the hearings. Seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Sitting times will generally be between 10.00am and 4.00pm.
The Inquiry will generally not sit on Fridays. However, if required, due to delays to progress, Fridays may be utilised.
The timetable for hearings will be published on a rolling weekly basis – usually the Thursday beforehand.
There will be security checks and bag searches taking place prior to entering the hearing room.
Hearings will be livestreamed during the opening week. Thereafter, livestreaming will depend on the government’s easing of Covid restrictions. The YouTube link to our channel is: Jermaine Baker Public Inquiry – YouTube
Chairman to the Inquiry
HH Clement Goldstone QC
HH Clement Goldstone QC was called to the Bar by the Middle Temple in 1971. He was appointed an Assistant Recorder in 1988, a Recorder in 1992 and Queen’s Counsel in 2002. In 2002, he was appointed a Circuit Judge and sat in Manchester; in 2006, he was authorised to sit at the Central Criminal Court; in 2009, he was appointed an additional Judge of the Court of Appeal [Criminal Division]; in 2011, he was appointed a Senior Circuit Judge, Resident Judge and Honorary Recorder of Liverpool, where he remained until his retirement in 2019.
In April 2019, he was appointed as a Deputy Coroner and nominated by the Lord Chief Justice as Coroner in the Inquest into the death of Jermaine Baker. On 12 February 2020, the Home Secretary announced her decision to convert the Inquest into a Public Inquiry, and appointed HH Clement Goldstone QC as Chairman.
Counsel to the Inquiry
Kate Blackwell QC
Kate Blackwell QC is Counsel to the Jermaine Baker Inquiry. She was called to the Bar in 1992 and took silk in 2012. She is Deputy Head of Lincoln House Chambers in Manchester and also a member of 2 Hare Court Chambers in London. She is a Master of the Bench at Lincoln’s Inn.
Kate is an expert in public inquiries, inquests, and serious crime. Recent appointments include Counsel to the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel Inquiry, Counsel to the Gosport Independent Panel Inquiry and Counsel to NHS England in the Manchester Arena Inquiry. She has also prosecuted and defended in many high profile cases.
Solicitors to the Inquiry
Tim Suter is a partner at Fieldfisher LLP. He has experience of advising those conducting independent inquiries and inquests. His role is to assist the Chairman on legal issues that may arise in the course of the Inquiry’s investigation. Tim is currently acting as the solicitor to the Manchester Arena Inquiry and previously acted as the solicitor to the Hillsborough Inquests and Birmingham 1974 pub bombings Inquests. He has also previously acted as the deputy solicitor to the inquests into the London Bombings of 7 July 2005 and the public inquiry into the death of the Russian dissident, Alexander Litvinenko.
Abigail is a Senior Associate at Fieldfisher LLP and specialises in acting for high-profile and complex public inquiries and inquests. She is currently an Investigation Lawyer at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse and previously assisted the solicitor to the Litvinenko Inquiry. Abigail also represented Iraqi witnesses at the Al-Sweady Inquiry.
Secretary to the Inquiry
James began his career as a Criminal Defence Barrister before transitioning into the Civil Service. Since then, he has held several policy posts relating to criminal justice, including Head of Prosecutions at Transport for London and Head of Policy at the Crown Prosecution Service.
Most recently, he was Head of Strategic Legislation at the Home Office. James is also undertaking a Masters in Psychotherapy.