As part of work of the Inquiry, we need to gather evidence. Evidence is information. We need evidence about all the things that are covered by our Terms of Reference.
There are different types of evidence. What a witness tells us at a session or interview can be written down in a statement. Their statement is then evidence. What is written in documents is evidence. What can be seen on a plan or in a photograph is evidence. What a witness says at a hearing is also evidence.
This protocol provides a short introduction to how we gather evidence before hearings.
This protocol only deals with providing evidence to the Inquiry other than in public hearings. There will be a separate protocol addressing how evidence is to be provided at public hearings.