How we work
The Immediate Steps to be taken in the Current Cases
1. Consideration of the documents which have already been made available by the Ministry of Defence and the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT) to the Inspector and any other documents the Inspector requests to be disclosed to him by anyone having possession of relevant documents.
Documents already available to the Inspector disclosed by IHAT include:
a. Statements of witnesses in the case.
b. Reports and other documentation from the IHAT investigative team.
The Inspector will consider the above documents and any other documents he has
requested as expeditiously as possible and will publish his progress.
It is not anticipated that the investigations will stop once all the documents
have been considered by the Inspector. It is anticipated that it will be
necessary to hear witnesses, further that it may be necessary to hear some
witnesses in public. It is anticipated that it will be necessary for further
statements to be obtained, including evidence in connection with the context in
which the events occurred and the ensuing investigations in Iraq. At all times
the Inspector will have in mind the need for the investigations to be effective
as well as expeditious.
5. It is anticipated that close attention will need to be given to the law governing the State’s responsibilities for Iraqi citizens and the facts disclosing how those responsibilities were discharged.
When the documentation is complete the Inspector will consider the extent to
which documentation and any transcripts should be available on the website.
Sir George Newman, Inspector of the Iraq Fatalities Investigations
Sir George Newman was called to the Bar by Middle Temple in 1965 and took Silk in 1981. During his career at the Bar, as well as being involved in international commercial cases, he was one of the leading practitioners in the Privy Council and was instructed on a number of occasions in matters of constitutional settlement and reform arising out of armed conflict, including events in Fiji and Trinidad and Tobago.
Sir George served as a Justice of the High Court, assigned to the Queen’s Bench Division, from 1995 to 2007. As a judge, he gained considerable experience in a wide range of judicial review cases and human rights matters.
In 2009 he was appointed the Chairman of the Security Vetting Appeals Panel (a Cabinet Office body).
The Prime Minister appointed Sir George a Surveillance Commissioner on 1 January 2010 and re-appointed him for a further three year term in January 2013.
Julia Lowis, Assistant to the Inspector
Julia Lowis was called to the Bar in 2013 and
has a broad commercial and civil practice at 3 Hare Court, Temple. Julia
has a particular interest in public and administrative law, and regularly
appears in immigration appeals and judicial reviews. Julia previously
worked at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
Natasha Jackson, Assistant to the Inspector
Natasha Jackson was called to the Bar in 2015 and has a broad public, commercial and civil practice at 3 Hare Court. She has a particular interest in constitutional and human rights law, with a focus on disputes with an international or cross-border elemant.