Even though the UK may take information from the Jersey child abuse inquiry, even though Jersey efforts will be watched by "outsiders " Jersey lawyers and civil servants still refuse to hand over documents to the enquiry in their misguided arrogance.
This plays into the hands of the critics of the COI saying it is just a side show, a paper tiger meant to go through the motions but without teeth or any real desire in it's terms of reference ( TOR's ) to hold the Jersey elite to account.
Where is the Chief Minister voice, supporting the enquiry by ordering his executive chief of civil servants John Richardson to order States departments officers to comply or face dismissal ?
Francis Oldham should be praised for bringing these issues into the public domain and spotlight.
The news of lack of cooperation will do nothing to add public confidence to the inquiry and is another valid reason why the Jersey mess should be absorbed into a proper legal and far more structured and forcefull UK enquiry.
It would be interesting to the see if Jersey's civil servants and lawyers would tell the UK authorities to get lost we are not playing.
Jersey is seen by many on literally dozens of internet blogs as the paedophile island, these misguided ( or worried ) high ranking lawyers and civil servant's are adding to that reputation which is unfair to the majority of good people that live on Jersey.
It may be given the latest lack of full cooperation by lawyers and civil servants, that the chairperson Francis Oldham QC, saves her reputation and the dignity of her panel and corrects the appalling situation. This would be achieved by personally writing to the Hon. Lowell Goddard DNZM with a request to include Jersey in her review in an effort to discover the whole truth.Bailiwick Express
Reports, emails and investigations are some of the key documents that are being held back from the abuse inquiry, according to the senior lawyer leading it.
Frances Oldham QC has made the explosive allegation at the end of the current phase of hearings, saying that States departments and government lawyers are refusing to hand over some critical evidence, and handing some files over too late to ask questions of key witnesses.http://www.bailiwickexpress.com/jsy/news/civil-servants-and-lawyers-are-holding-back-key-evidence-head-abuse-inquiry/?t=i