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Grant legal aid for the inquest into the death of Cherry Groce - petition
27 March 2014
INQUEST is working with the family of Cherry Groce, who died in 2011 after being shot by police and paralysed in Brixton in 1985. Her family is being denied legal aid for representation at the inquest into her death, scheduled for June this year. All other interested parties are being represented by lawyers funded by the state. INQUEST is increasingly concerned about the growing restrictions on legal aid funding for families.
Legal aid is vital to uncovering the truth about deaths in custody and scrutinising conduct of police officers and other state agents.
A petition is online here - please sign it and add your support.
INQUEST took part in a press conference with Cherry Groce's family on Thursday 27 March organised by their MP Chuka Umunna. INQUEST's co-director Deborah Coles spoke alongside Lee Lawrence, Cherry Groce's son, her granddaughter Charlene Laville, Chuka Umunna MP, Lord Boateng and solicitor Raju Bhatt.
‘I very much admire the Co-Directors of INQUEST who have committed their professional lives to speaking up for bereaved families and helping them seeking justice for their loved ones.They work every day with the victims of tragic circumstances and I think we can all learn from their strength, tenacity and professionalism.’
– Katy Swaine, former Legal Director for Children’s Rights Alliance for England