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Attorney General withdraws decision and agrees to promptly reconsider

The AG has withdrawn her decision in the case of Jeremiah Duggan

Jeremiah Duggan

26 March 2009

In May 2008, Leigh Day & Co issued a judicial review of the Attorney General’s refusal to grant her permission to Erica Duggan to ask the Court for a fresh inquest into her son’s death. On 5 November 2008, the Administrative Court granted permission for the judicial review to proceed .

In December 2008, the Attorney General, while preparing her evidence for the case, became aware that she had not fully considered some documents received from the German Authorities before refusing our client permission to ask the Court for a second inquest. The Attorney General had had these documents in her possession prior to making her decision in February 2008, and had informed the German Federal Justice Minister that she had “carefully considered all of the papers including the information provided by [her] office.”

Both we and our client are alarmed that it took the Attorney General until well into Court proceedings to realise her omission. It is our view that this has caused unnecessary and avoidable distress to our client, delay and public expenditure.

The Attorney General has now agreed to withdraw her refusal and to promptly reconsider our client’s application for permission to ask the Court for a fresh inquest into her son’s death.

Tomorrow is the six year anniversary of her son’s death, and our client will be holding a public meeting in Wiesbaden, where he died. We urge the Attorney General not to delay any further and to grant our client the required permission so that her compelling case may be heard by the High Court.

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