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Olinga Tahzib appears in virtual public hearing in Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

Olinga Tahzib appears today in what is believed to be the UK’s first ever public inquiry to hear evidence in a virtual public hearing.

The Hearing

The hearing, which is part of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse’s investigation into Religious Organisations and Settings, runs from 11 – 22 May 2020. The original hearing which was due to take place in March was suspended after one day due to government advice regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. Since then, the Inquiry devised and tested a way of holding the hearing using video conference technology, ensuring the health and safety of all involved.

The Timetable

The revised timetable for the first week of the hearing can be found here. The hearing examines child protection policies and practices in religious organisations in England and Wales. These include Jehovah’s Witnesses, Baptists, Methodists, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhist and non-conformist Christian denominations.

This morning Olinga examined Ms Rebecca Fetterman, the Director of Youth and the Designated Safeguarding Lead for Liberal Judaism.


The proceedings are being live streamed on the Inquiry’s website.

Olinga has been instructed as one of a team of counsel to the Inquiry since September 2017. Alongside other members of Chambers, he has assisted with investigations into the Anglican Church and the Nottinghamshire Councils.

Find Out More

Olinga Tahzib is a civil practitioner specialising public inquiries and in personal injury, clinical negligence and employment disputes. If you would like further information about Olinga’s practice or if you wish to instruct him, please contact his clerks, Graham Woods or Chris Rowe. 

News 12 May, 2020

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