Coroner appointed for fresh Hillsborough inquests

image captionLord Justice Goldring has been appointed

New inquests into the deaths of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster are to be conducted by Lord Justice Goldring.

Fresh inquests were ordered in December last year when a panel of three High Court judges quashed the original accidental death verdicts.

The Liverpool fans died as a result of a crush in a 1989 FA Cup semi-final.

Lord Justice Goldring was the senior presiding judge of England and Wales from January 2010 until last December.

It is anticipated the inquests will be held together and as soon as possible, the Judiciary said.

The original inquests were held in Sheffield, but could now be held at a different location.

A change to the Coroners Act announced on Tuesday means inquests can be held anywhere in England and Wales, if it is in the best interest of the bereaved family and others, such as witnesses.

Lord Justice Goldring, who sat on the trial of 10-year-old Damilola Taylor's killers, has been appointed as assistant deputy coroner, but for the purposes of these inquests he have the same powers as a coroner, the Judiciary confirmed.

The 96 Liverpool supporters died as a result of the disaster at Hillsborough stadium on April 15 1989, where their team were playing Nottingham Forest.

A damning report laying bare a cover-up by police that attempted to shift the blame for the tragedy on to its victims was published last September.

A new police investigation and an inquiry by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) are also being conducted.

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