6 Aug 2019

This inquiry aims to be open and transparent as possible. The Chairman will hear evidence from core participants and other witnesses. Counsel to the Inquiry or the Chairman may ask questions based on their statements.

During the hearings, the Inquiry will publish daily transcripts of the hearings and any documents referred to that day, subject to any restriction orders.

The Chairman wants to create the optimal conditions for getting to the truth by hearing evidence in full from all sides. In his statement of 19 December 2018, he set out his views on why live-streaming of the evidence for certain witnesses would be incompatible with protecting their rights and interests and may infringe restriction order made. Video footage of the opening and closing submissions will be published on the Inquiry website following each of those hearing days.

An audio recording of open proceedings will be made. It will provide a permanent record of the proceedings and the basis for the production of a transcript. It is the intention of the Inquiry to upload such parts of the audio recording onto its website as can safely be broadcast. This will require it to be checked beforehand to ensure that it contains nothing which would infringe or undermine a restriction order. The Inquiry will seek advice on the practicability of broadcasting oral evidence given by a witness without the use of voice modulation techniques in such a manner as to protect the identity of the witness where a relevant restriction order is in place.

The Inquiry will ensure that there is sufficient public and media access in place for the hearings.

Further information on the hearings venue and how hearings will work can be found in the hearings protocol.