Inquiry progress briefing #5

We are pleased to today publish our progress briefing number 5, summarising progress in the Undercover Policing Inquiry. This version is for public consumption – if you are a core participant in the Inquiry, you can get a more detailed version from your solicitor.

This Inquiry Progress Briefing number 5 includes a summary of progress so far (principles and protocols, anonymity applications, and evidence gathering), the outstanding issues (Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, Disclosure of personal files, Witness evidence protocol, Disclosure of cover names and individuals files) as well as sections on the Inquiry Strategic Review and appointment of Mitting.

For the back ground to the inquiry go here, and for previous briefings, go here.

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New Inquiry progress briefing published today

On April 5th, the Undercover Policing Inquiry is due to hold a preliminary hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice.

This hearing is to deal with issues brought up by the Metropolitan Police in an attempt to delay and deny our efforts to get to the truth.

The Inquiry has made much slower progress than originally envisaged (a three year Inquiry, ending in July 2018), largely as a result of police applications for as much secrecy as possible. The Inquiry team have now stated that evidence hearings probably won’t take place until at least 2019.

Although progress is still excruciatingly slow, it does appear that the Inquiry is finally adopting a more robust attitude towards the police’s delaying tactics.

This hearing is also an opportunity for Core Participants to make submissions of their own, and for those affected by undercover policing to have their voices heard.

It’s vital that the (“non-State, non-police”) Core Participants in this Inquiry are able to understand the legal issues, and the way the Inquiry will operate, in order to take part.

It’s also important that the wider public, and press, have access to information, so they can continue to support us through what may become a very long process.

To this end, we are pleased to publish our third Progress Briefing on the Undercover Policing Inquiry.

This edition covers:

  • the Inquiry’s approach
  • the 5th April hearing: what the Met are demanding
  • the struggle for disclosure: of cover names & groups spied on
  • the document shredding scandal
  • the long-awaited Secure Database
  • Pitchford’s retirement from the Inquiry
  • issues relating to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act
  • the planned Witness Process

If you find this helpful, please have a look at the other Progress briefings and reports we have written on the Undercover Policing Inquiry.

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Inquiry Progress Report 2 published

We are pleased to publish our second progress report on the Undercover Policing Inquiry.

At the moment, the Inquiry is in its preliminary phase, and the participants are experiencing the Inquiry as extensive legal arguments between their lawyers and the Inquiry team, conducted mostly via email.  Hearings and the taking of evidence are delayed and yet to start.

We hope that our briefings can help Inquiry core participants, press, and public alike, make sense of what is going on in this crucial inquiry.

This Progress Report contains sections on:

  • The confirmation of officers,
  • New core participants,
  • Protocols,
  • Witness evidence process, costs,
  • The release of cover names, groups, and individual’s files

If you find this report helpful, please look back over the other briefings and reports we have written on the Undercover Policing Inquiry.

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