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Inquiry recommendations made by Lord Woolf

31st May 2012

Former Lord Chief Justice Lord Woolf, once the most senior judge in the UK, has made it known that he believes the length and cost of public inquiries should be limited.

Woolf, who is conducting an ‘inquiry into inquiries’ on behalf of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), stated in a recent interview with the BBC that he felt Lord Hutton was unfairly treated by the public and media in the wake of the Hutton Inquiry into the 2003 death of weapons inspector Dr David Kelly, due to a perceived lack of useful recommendations at the end of what was a protracted and expensive process.

The barrister explained how even the most highly regarded of those holding legal jobs in the UK are not necessarily qualified to make these recommendations, despite the fact that they are proven experts at ‘determining facts’.

Lord Woolf’s comments come at a time when the long-running Leveson Inquiry into press standards has been praised for the quantity and content of information that it has so far revealed.