Specifically, we were asked to draft a lengthy media statement on behalf of the judge to deal with the significant national and international media attention which surrounded the publication of the inquiry’s findings.
Having meticulously drafted the wording of the statement to address the media, covering a range of complex and sensitive issues, this was prepared in advance of publication of the report by the judge. Every word and phrase in the statement was very carefully crafted so that no adverse inference could be derived from the content.
Because of the sensitivity and the desire for complete confidentiality and secrecy ahead of the announcement, the statement was prepared and delivered by hand rather than electronically. Shortly after receiving it, the judge read the carefully worded statement to nearly 200 assembled journalists.