This was not a public enquiry into a war, a plane crash or a complicated corporate legal case.
This is a tawdry saga that has wasted time and money, and only served to exacerbate the deep, deep pain and loss felt by a family.
The impact on families and all those involved in serious incidents is devastating.
The construction trades union UCATT has expressed concern that criminal proceedings, arising from the death of an electrician working on a demolition site in August 2007, have taken over 8 years to conclude (November 2015).
There is no justifiable reason why a case like this should not be resolved quickly.