The Hallett Review was commissioned by the Prime Minister in February 2014 to produce a full public account of the operation of the administrative scheme for so called ‘on-the-runs’ (OTRs), following the collapse of the trial against John Downey.
In consultation with the Lord Chief Justice, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland appointed the Rt Hon Lady Justice Hallett DBE to conduct the independent review.
The review was carried out by Lady Justice Hallett and a small team of legal and policy advisers, independent of government. They were tasked with:
- producing a full public account of the operation and extent of the scheme
- determining whether any letters sent contained errors
- making recommendations as necessary
The report from the Review was laid before Parliament on 17 July 2014. It includes a detailed examination of the evidence and a clear set of conclusions and recommendations.