Procedures

The Chair has issued guidance and protocols setting out how the Inquiry will carry on its work

The Inquiry has produced a Factsheet which explains some of the words and phrases used in the documents mentioned on this page. It can be found here

Inquiry protocol - Providing evidence other than in public hearings can be found here

The Inquiry needs to obtain evidence from applicants and other witnesses who are relevant to its work. The Inquiry aims to minimise inconvenience and distress for all applicants and witnesses.

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.

The Application to give evidence to the Inquiry can be found here

This form should be completed by people who want to give evidence to the Inquiry about abuse which they suffered when in care up to 17 December 2014

Inquiry protocol - Cost of legal representation can be found here

This protocol explains how the Inquiry can help with the cost of legal representation. By "legal representation" we mean a lawyer who acts for you on your instructions in relation to your role in the Inquiry. An application form is included with the protocol.

We have also produced a Factsheet on legal representation which can be found here

Inquiry protocol - Core participant status can be found here 

To be a “core participant” you have to have a significant role in the Inquiry. A core participant could be a person, a group, or an organisation. The significant role could be about all or only some of the things the Inquiry is looking into.

A core participant is more involved in the process of an inquiry than a member of the public. Core participants will have access to evidence and documents which may not be available to the public. Core participants are placed under an obligation to treat some information as confidential, such as the names of particular survivors.

This protocol explains what a core participant is and how we decide applications for core participant status.

To become a core participant you need to apply to the Chair of the Inquiry. An application form is included in the protocol.

Inquiry protocol - Anonymity and protective measures can be found here

This protocol provides information on how the Inquiry will consider making what are known as “Restriction Orders,” which may include orders granting anonymity.

This protocol also covers the situations in which:

  • the Inquiry will report alleged criminal behaviour to the police
  • prejudice might be caused to ongoing police investigations; and
  • “whistle-blowers” may wish to volunteer evidence to the Inquiry

Inquiry protocol - Information can be found here

This protocol is about what types of information we hold and what we do with it. It also explains how to make a request for any information we hold about you.

Inquiry protocol - Compensation for loss of time can be found here

This protocol explains that awards can be made for payment of earnings a person has lost because he or she has attended the Inquiry. It sets out how to apply for an award, and the procedures the Inquiry will use for deciding and assessing an award.

An application form is included in the protocol document.

Inquiry protocol - Expenses can be found here

The Chair has the power to make an award of reasonable amounts for expenses, including travel expenses of witnesses.

This protocol sets out how to apply for an award, and the procedures the Inquiry will use for deciding and assessing an award.

An application form is included in the protocol document.

Determination on legal representation, compensation for loss of time and expenses can be found here

The Scottish Ministers have set out the conditions under which the Chair may make awards, and the rates which may be paid, for legal representation, compensation for loss of time and expenses.