Evidence hearings schedule
The Inquiry will consider the undercover policing activities of officers and managers and those affected by deployments in Tranches ordered chronologically.
Evidence hearings for Tranche 1 are due to start in November 2020 and will focus on officers and managers in the SDS active between 1968 and 1982. This Tranche will also include evidence from non-state core participants and witnesses affected by these officers’ deployment.
The Inquiry has split hearings for Tranche 1 into three phases. In phase 1, the Inquiry will hear from undercover officers and non-state witnesses about the SDS – which was initially called the Special Operations Squad – between July 1968 and the end of 1972 approximately. Opening statements and phase 1 evidence hearings will run from Monday 2 November to Friday 20 November. In phase 2, the Inquiry will hear from undercover officers and non-state witnesses about the SDS between 1973 and 1982. These evidence hearings are expected to start on 25 January 2021. In phase 3 evidence hearings, the Inquiry will hear from SDS managers (1968-1982). Dates for phase 3 will be announced in due course.
Conduct of Tranche 1 evidence hearings
Due to the social distancing measures expected to be in place and the fact that many of the proposed witnesses fall into a higher risk group, the hearings in November will be virtual and conducted remotely.
The hearings will start on Monday 2 November with seven days of opening statements. Opening statements given live will be live-streamed on the Inquiry website. Recorded and written opening statements will also be published on the Inquiry website. The evidence hearings will be live-streamed – in real-time – to the Amba Hotel Marble Arch in London, which is open to core participants, the media and the general public.
Anyone wishing to view the live-stream at the Amba Hotel should register via the Inquiry website between Monday 5 October and 4 pm on Friday 23 October.
Please register your interest by clicking on the evidence hearing day you would like to attend below and completing the form.
A live transcript of the evidence hearings in November will be available on the Inquiry website with a 10-minute delay. On the day of a hearing, you will be able to view the live transcript by clicking on the title of the relevant hearing day below. This will allow you to follow proceedings in near real-time without having to attend the Amba Hotel.
Hearings for phase 2 of Tranche 1 are expected to have similar arrangements to phase 1. However, the arrangements for Tranche 1 are not intended to be a template for future Tranches.
Further information on the evidence hearings can be found in the Inquiry’s ninth update note and the Chairman’s second statement about the conduct of tranche 1 evidence hearings.