Access to justice for families of the Shoreham Airshow victims

The families of the Shoreham Airshow crash victims still have no idea whether anyone will actually be charged and held responsible for the deaths of their loved ones. I think that is disgraceful.

There has been a ping pong between the police and the CPS as to whether files and complete information have been presented to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) or not. It was only confirmed back in the beginning of December that all the files required were with the CPS.

Of course we want a thorough investigation as to what has happened, but does it really need to take this long?

They need to make a decision one way or the other as to whether a prosecution can go ahead, and if not, explain fully to the families why there are not grounds for a prosecution.

We are in a state of limbo that is holding up the entire process, and that is just completely unacceptable.

27 months on from the crash and there has still not been a coroner's inquest, depended as it is on any criminal charges first being brought. The delay cause by ping-pong between police and CPS has further delay the inquest until November 2018. The families of the victims have also been denied access to exceptional legal aid case funding. 

All these elements come together to create a disgraceful situation that is limiting the families of the victims access to justice, equal representation and the truth.  

You can watch the full debate (16:00 - 16:30) here: http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/c2488e19-c34b-433a-a2e8-3087d17fd067