Restriction Orders published

Date 30th August 2021

Lord Brodie has made two restriction orders that are published on the Inquiry’s website today. Restriction orders are made under section 19 of the Inquiries Act 2005 and may apply a number of restrictions including restrictions on attendance at hearings, disclosure of documents and publication or reporting of evidence given.

Breach of an order may result in court proceedings being taken against the person responsible for the breach under section 36 of the 2005 Act.

Restriction Order 1 applies to witness statements and other evidence shared by the Inquiry with core participants and others during the course of its investigations and prior to publication of the material by the Inquiry. Broadly speaking, it restricts the categories of people to whom such material may be distributed and specifies the conditions on which it may be so distributed. It will be of interest particularly to core participants and their legal representatives, as well as others who receive material from the Inquiry for comment or to assist the Inquiry’s investigations.

Restriction Order 2 restricts the publication of material that identifies the witnesses designated by the Inquiry as Witnesses 1, 2 and 3. They will be designated as such in all material published by the Inquiry. The Order contains a list of some of the information that may identify the individuals concerned, but this list is not definitive and the Order applies to all information that may identify the witnesses. The Order applies generally, including to the media and the Inquiry itself.

To view all Protocols, Directions and Restriction Orders, please visit the Procedures page.