Evidence & hearings
Find the hearings schedule and all evidence published by the Undercover Policing Inquiry, including witness statements and transcripts of hearings.
Information on preliminary issues which the Inquiry has resolved to enable its substantive investigations to progress can also be found here.
For information on core participants and specific undercover police officers, including anonymity applications, please see the ‘Who is involved’ section.
In order for the Inquiry to get to their truth of undercover policing and provide recommendations for the future, it has been necessary to resolve certain preliminary issues.
In coming to his conclusions, the Chairman sought and considered input from multiple stakeholders relevant to the issue in hand.
Issues lists identify the focus and direction of the Inquiry’s investigations. Four have been published to date:
- Module One investigation into the Special Demonstration Squad: the draft list was released for consultation on 5 July 2018, with the list published on 5 February 2019
- Module One investigation into the National Public Order Investigation Unit: the draft list was released for consultation on 26 July 2018, with the list published on 21 February 2019.
- Module One investigation into other policing operations: the draft list was released for consultation on 26 July 2018, with the list published on 21 February 2019.
- Module Two (a) investigation into the Special Demonstration Squad: The draft list was released for consultation on 27 February 2019, with the updated list expected to be published in summer 2019.
As a public inquiry, all open evidence that the Inquiry considers as part of its investigations will be published, subject to any redactions from restriction orders.
Before hearings, general documents – such as annual reports submitted by the Chief Inspector of the SDS to the Special Branch Commander – relevant to the upcoming tranche will be published.
Following each open hearing, the Inquiry will publish a daily transcript of the hearing, together with any documents (e.g. witness statements and supporting evidence) referred to that day.
Once the hearings for a particular tranche has finished, all open evidence considered as part of that tranche – even if it is not expressly referred to during the hearings – will be published.
Below you will find all evidence published to date. Certain documents are accompanied by a schedule that sets out the basis for redactions.
Evidence hearings schedule
Evidence hearings are expected to start in summer 2020. The Inquiry will consider the undercover policing activities of officers and managers and those affected by deployments in tranches ordered chronologically.
The first evidence hearings 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. These hearings are expected to last around one month. The Inquiry will usually sit for up to four days per week although both the frequency of hearings and times may vary.
Members of the public are welcome to attend the Inquiry’s open hearings.
The hearings schedule is expected to be published one month before hearings commence.
To date, all open preliminary hearings have been held at the Royal Courts of Justice. The venue for the open evidence hearings has not yet been determined.
Those attending any preliminary hearings at the Royal Courts of Justice should note that security checks are conducted and the following restrictions currently apply:
- Camera and recording equipment are strictly prohibited and should not be brought into the Royal Courts of Justice.
- Mobile phones and Blackberry devices must be switched off or switched to ‘silent’.
- Telephone calls are not permitted in the hearing rooms when the Inquiry is in session. Telephone calls may be made in the hearing rooms during breaks in proceedings but must conclude before the hearing resumes. To make calls during the hearing attendees must leave the hearing room.
- Text-based media is allowed in the Inquiry hearing rooms and public areas of the Royal Courts of Justice. However, they must not cause a disturbance or distraction to proceedings and are subject to the Chairman’s right to remove that privilege if he believes it is harming the administration of justice; further, by order, no transmission of any statement made during the course of a hearing may be made until a period of 60 seconds has elapsed after the statement is made.
- Laptops may be used in the Inquiry hearing rooms and public areas if they do not disturb others but they may not be used to make live recordings of proceedings. Laptops must be battery-powered as power sockets are not available.
- Personal entertainment devices such as MP3 players and iPods may not be used in either hearing room when the Inquiry hearing is in session.
- The Inquiry Secretariat reserves the right to eject (and if necessary to review the accreditation of) individuals who fail to comply with these conditions.
- Parking is not available within the Royal Courts of Justice and parking outside the court is extremely limited.