Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When will the Full Hearings begin?
  2. Where in Belfast will the Hearings be held?
  3. Why not earlier?
  4. Will the evidence be published?
  5. Will the Hearings be held in public?
  6. Will the Inquiry Report be published?

When will the Full Hearings begin?

The Full Hearings will begin on Tuesday 15th April 2008.

Where in Belfast will the Hearings be held?

The venue for the Full Hearings will be the Interpoint Centre, 20-24 York Street, Belfast BT15 1AQ

Why not earlier?

In his Opening Statement, the Chairman of the Inquiry made clear the Panel’s intention to work effectively, expeditiously and economically, but warned that the Inquiry would not be able to get its work done as quickly as some would like. Since then there has been a marked increase in the complexity of the issues which the Inquiry will have to consider within its Terms of Reference and in the amount and range of the documentation and other material pertaining to those issues which has been disclosed to the Inquiry.

At the Case Management hearing on 16 October 2007 the Chairman and Counsel to the Inquiry set out the work which had been undertaken by the Inquiry to that point and explained in detail why it had taken a substantial amount of time to do it. See the transcript of the case management hearing on this site for more details.

Will the evidence be published?

Generally witness statements, documents referred to by witnesses and hearing transcripts will be published on this site. However, the Inquiry has an obligation to ensure that no-one’s safety is compromised as a result of its work, which may require some documents to be withheld or redacted. Irrelevant personal or sensitive information may also be redacted from documents. Please see the Procedures Document on this site for a full description of the Inquiry’s policy on publication of evidence.

Will the Hearings be held in public?

We intend our hearings to be conducted in public. We recognise, of course, that there may be occasions on which, for very good reason, it is not possible to hear evidence in public. There may be a need for some evidence to be given in a manner which preserves the anonymity of the witness. We also accept that there will be documents or statements which will need to be appropriately redacted with the same considerations in mind, before being made public.  See the Procedures Document on this site for more details.

Will the Inquiry Report be published?

That will be a matter for the Secretary of State, to whom the Panel is required to deliver their report.

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