Accountability & Reparation investigation seminars

Today the first seminars held by the IICSA begin with consideration over two days in eight sessions of issues relating to the civil justice system. These seminars will be live streamed.

Earlier this year the IICSA published a paper asking a series of questions about the civil justice system. It received 29 responses. It has now invited representatives from some key stakeholder groups to discuss some of the issues raised.‎ This is the first engagement with key groups and will be followed by further seminars including with victims and survivors in 2017.

A summary of the themes raised by those who responded has been published along with all of the submissions.‎ The first meeting is at 10am and is an open discussion with claimant stakeholders on access to justice for victims and survivors. Thereafter there are further open discussions as follows:

11.30 – Defendant stakeholders on civil litigation

13.30 – Limitation

14.55 – Civil litigation

Day 2

10.00 – Compensation

11.30 – Other types of accountability and reparation

13.30 – Possible reforms

15.10 – Redress

The invited stakeholders include representatives from insurer‎s, and claimant and defendant solicitors who regularly act in this area.


Written by Paula Jefferson, partner

Accountability & Reparations Issues Papers – a reminder

The A&R investigation has published two Issues Papers for which responses are due by noon on 29 September.

These papers cover the civil justice system and criminal compensation. They are open for all to complete and the questions asked are wide ranging. The responses will be analysed and some contributors invited to seminars to explore the general themes identified.

These are an opportunity for anyone or any organisation to consider the current systems, what works well and what does not and to make recommendations for change.

The papers are available at


Paula Jefferson, Partner

Macur Report

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