Opening statements and evidence hearings
The Inquiry will consider the undercover policing activities of officers and managers and those affected by deployments in Tranches ordered chronologically. The Inquiry has split hearings for Tranche 1 into three phases.
The Inquiry’s opening statement hearings and Tranche 1 (Phase 1) evidence hearings took place from Monday 2 November 2020 to Thursday 19 November 2020. Further information can be found in the ‘November 2020: hearings round-up’ article.
In the Tranche 1 (Phase 1) evidence hearings, the Inquiry heard from undercover officers and non-state witnesses about the Special Demonstration Squad (SDS) – which was initially called the Special Operations Squad – between July 1968 and the end of 1972 approximately.
Recordings, transcripts and other associated publications can be found on the respective hearing day pages. Links to each of these pages can be found on the ‘List of hearings’ page
Planned and future hearings
The Tranche 1 (Phase 2) hearings are occurring between 21 April and 14 May 2021. At these hearings, the Inquiry will hear from undercover officers and non-state witnesses about the SDS between 1973 and 1982.
The opening statements hearings will run from 21 April to 23 April 2021 and will be live-streamed on YouTube.
The evidence hearings will run from 26 April to 14 May 2021. No witnesses are currently scheduled for 14 May 2021, and Monday 3 May 2021 is a non-sitting day. You can follow the evidence hearings in three different ways:
- Through a rolling transcript with a 10-minute delay on YouTube;
- Through an audio stream with a 10-minute delay on Zoom; and
- Through a real-time audio-visual stream screened at the Amba Hotel in central London.
Further details, including links to the YouTube streams and information on registering for the Zoom webinar and attending the Amba Hotel, can be found on the respective hearing pages.
The Tranche 1 (Phase 3) evidence hearings are due to start on 05 October 2021. In this set of hearings, the Inquiry will hear from SDS managers (1968-1982).
Dates for future tranches will be announced in due course.
In the normal course of events, a witness called to give evidence at open hearings will be expected to provide their evidence in public, in full view of those attending.
However, witnesses can request special measures to protect restricted identities or information, of because of their health or location. Special measures could include counselling, a hearing loop or giving evidence via a video-link.
On 7 April 2020, the Chairman issued a statement (PDF, 50.94 KB) in response to special measures applications invited from former undercover officers who will give evidence in Tranche 1, which covers those active in the Special Demonstration Squad between 1968 and 1982. Further background can be found in the accompanying press notice.