Hearings

Hearings

Find details on previous, scheduled and future hearings, along with associated transcripts and hearing bundle indices.

Written opening and closing statements and associated materials can also be found on this page.

  • For information on the evidence disclosure process, please see the ‘Evidence’ page.
  • For a list of all evidence published by the Inquiry to date, please see the ‘Published evidence’ page.

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About 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.

Upcoming hearings

Phase 1 of the Inquiry’s Tranche 2 evidence hearings will take place from Monday 1 July 2024 to Friday 2 August 2024.

Phase 2 of the Inquiry’s Tranche 2 evidence hearings will follow from 30 September 2024.

The Tranche 2 evidence hearings will be held at the International Dispute Resolution Centre (IDRC), London. These hearings will take place in line with the Inquiry’s Hearing Protocol.

Registration for in-person attendance at the Tranche 2 (Phase 1 ) evidence hearings closed at 5 PM on Wednesday 26 June 2024.

Previous hearings

The Inquiry 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.  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. Further information can be found in the ‘November 2020: hearings round-up’ article.

The Tranche 1 (Phase 2) hearings took place from 21 April to 13 May 2021. In this phase, the Inquiry heard evidence from undercover officers and non-state witnesses about SDS undercover policing operations that started between 1970 and 1979. Further information can be found in the ‘April-May 2021: hearings round-up‘ article.

The Tranche 1 (Phase 3) hearings took place from 9 May to 20 May 2022. In this phase, the Inquiry primarily heard from SDS managers (1968-1982). Further information can be found in the ‘May 2022: hearings round-up’ article.

The Tranche 1 oral closing submissions took place from 20 February to 22 February 2023. Further information on the submissions on each day can be found in the Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 pages.

Recordings, transcripts and other associated publications can be found on the respective hearing day pages. Links to each of these pages can be found in the ‘List of hearings’ section below.

The Inquiry published an interim report for Tranche 1 on 29 June 2023.

Planned and future hearings

The Inquiry is not expecting to have the long gaps between hearings that have been necessary for Tranche 1. Dates for future tranches will be announced in due course.

Schedule

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.

List of hearings

All previous and scheduled hearings are listed in the table below. Click on the title of a hearing to find further details, the schedule and associated publications.

After you select a filter option, the table below will automatically update.

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Transcripts

Hearing bundle indices

Following the end of each evidence hearing day, the Inquiry publishes a hearing bundle index containing a list of all evidential materials that are associated with the day’s witnesses and have been published on the Inquiry website. These indices are organised by witness. As multiple witnesses may be associated with a single document, some documents may be included in multiple lists and indices.

Additionally, the Inquiry provides indices for general evidential documents that are published during opening statement hearings. These indices are organised under categories such as “SDS Annual Reports and Associated Documents”.

Hearing bundles indices for preliminary hearings are also available in the table below.

Opening and closing statements

Written opening and closing statements and associated materials that the Inquiry has published can be found in the table below.

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Venues

The Tranche 2 evidence hearings will be held at the International Dispute Resolution Centre (IDRC), London.

The venue for future open hearings that are able to happen in-person will be confirmed in due course.

Buildings