On 30 August 2018 the Inquiry published a consultation on the practicalities of running its upcoming evidence hearings.
To make sure that the hearings are as effective as possible, the Inquiry sought views on issues around how they should be run.
What the consultation asked
The consultation asked five specific questions:
- how and when evidence should be posted on the Inquiry website
- how best to facilitate witnesses giving their evidence
- the level of support that witnesses in the Inquiry would wish to receive when giving evidence, and methods by which this may be provided
- whether or not providing a small number of rooms for use by attendees other than witnesses would be needed
- views on live streaming from potential witnesses and those wishing to have access to the proceedings
It ran until 12pm on Friday 28 September 2018.
Consultation document and responses
The consultation and the submissions received are in the table below.
|30 Aug 2018||Inquiry||Consultation document|
|27 Sep 2018||Peter Francis||Submission|
|27 Sep 2018||Home Secretary||Submission|
|27 Sep 2018||Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service||Submission|
|27 Sep 2018||Designated Lawyer Officers, Metropolitan Police Service||Submission|
|27 Sep 2018||Guardian News & Media||Submission|
|28 Sep 2018||Category M Core Participants||Submission|
|28 Sep 2018||National Police Chiefs’ Council||Submission|
|12 Oct 2018||Non-State Non-Police Core Participants||Submission|
The Inquiry had originally intended to publish the responses alongside its response to the hearings consultation.
However they were published due to a request from some core participants that they may find it useful to see them in advance of a hearing on privacy at 10am on 31 January 2019 in Court 76 of the Royal Courts of Justice.
The hearing was to seek views on how to comply with privacy laws, while conducting hearings in as transparent a way as possible.
Following this hearing, the Inquiry will publish its response and a hearings protocol in due course.