The inquiry has sat for a total of 186 days in open hearings, which commenced on 7th September 2020. The Inquiry also sat in closed hearings during a three week period in November 2021.
The Inquiry has three remaining areas of oral evidence:
On Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th January 2022, the Chairman will hear from five witnesses who are reporting on Monitored Recommendations from Volume 1 of the Report.
From 11th January 2022 for 5 days, the Chairman will hear from a significant number of witnesses who are giving evidence in relation to the ‘care gap’ and how it might best be addressed. The ‘care gap’ is the period of time following a major incident, such a terrorist attack, and the point at which those who are injured receive care from medically qualified personnel (such as paramedics or doctors). The evidence includes: those with a military background; those who responded to the 7/7 attack and the Bataclan attack in Paris in 2015; and representatives from first aid, public venues and Category One responders.
From 18th January 2022 , the Chairman is expecting to hear the final part of the evidence in relation to Chapter 14. Chapter 14 was the section of the evidence addressing the issue of whether or not Salman Abedi’s attack might have been prevented by the Security Service and/or Counter Terrorism Police. The earlier part of the Chapter 14 evidence was heard in the latter part of 2021.
Oral closing submissions in relation the issues arising in Chapter 8 (the planning and preparation of the Attack), Chapter 13 (the radicalisation of Salman Abedi) and Chapter 14 (whether the Attack might have been prevented) are expected to be made during February 2022.
Both counsel are instructed on the Inquiry by Tim Suter from Field Fisher.