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Public Inquiries - A Guide to Evidence & Procedure

In this webinar recording presented by Vida Simpeh in conjunction with MBL explores evidence and procedure within public inquiries, mainly looking at the issues and factors which legal representitives of those called on to give evidence/produce documents should consider. 


Public Inquiries are held to investigate events of public concern.


The Purpose of an Inquiry is to find out what happened, why is happened, who is accountable, and to learn lessons from those events in order to prevent future occurences. A key aspect of publis inquiries is the gathering of evidence. As inquiry can make a request for evidence under Rule 9 of the Inquiry Rules 2006 and in default of provision of such evidence, the Chair of the inquiry may require the production of evidence.


This webinar discusses powers of the inquiry to obtain relevent evidence in answering its terms of reference under the relevant legislation. 


What you will learn:

  • The legal framework relating to the provision of evidence in an inquiry
  • Enforcement of the Chairperson's powers under section 21 of the Inquiries Act 2005, as considered in the case of Chair of Mancester Inquiry v Taghdi and  Chair of Manchester Inquiry v Abedi
  • Responding to the request to provide evidence/documents
  • The right not to self-incriminate and legal privilege 


This pre-recorded webinar will be streamed at 12:30 pm on Friday 27th January 2023 and will remain available to view by delegates who have registered by then for 90 days.


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