Dan Kay: Mansfield now asking for 4 day rather than 5 day option for inquests. Nature of proceedings will be emotionally charged inevitably but also because of jurors who may be sitting for as long as six months. If jurors know they have a spa day each, they can organise their lives better eg doctors appointments, work commitments etc.
MM - panelling of jury should start early in the new year so as to forestall any potential problems later on eg summer holidays. US system of alternate jurors should be considered so they can step in should there be any problems further down the line
Steve Graves: Michael Mansfield making case that sitting for four days rather than five might actually help things run more smoothly. He's pointed out the impact the proceedings will have on the lives of jurors
Dan Kay: Pete Weatherby QC for the HJC up now - stresses the importance of a collaborative approach. Tight timescale means much of this work has needed to be done at a far greater pace than would normally be expected.
There will be a considerable amount of newly considered and generated material and the team working on this material will need even more people adding to it than is already being planned
Dan Kay: PW - Op Resolve and IPCC need to set out clearly & succinctly what martial they have to hand so everyone knows the kind of timetable they are working towards. We know IPCC are currently interviewing officers involved in the amending of statements, the 12,000 questionnaires, the newly discovered pocket notebooks but it would be of help to know where they are up to
Steve Graves: The format of the hearing is for each interested party to go back over the same points set out on the agenda. So now we're hearing again about disclosure from Pete Weatherby.
South Yorkshire Police, IPCC, Operation Resolve, Sheffield Wednesday and others will also have the chance to speak throughout the day, looking at the points framed by Ms Lambert in her opening submissions
Steve Graves: Pete Weatherby QC says an internationally-renowned expert has indicated police handheld video footage from the day may have been edited
Now that would be a shock.....wouldn't it....