POST OFFICE: POSTMASTERS: STATUTORY INQUIRY, HORIZON – FOURTH STATEMENT OF APPROACH

POST OFFICE: POSTMASTERS: STATUTORY INQUIRY, HORIZON – FOURTH STATEMENT OF APPROACH

Further to LTB 208/21 dated 19th May.  Today the Inquiry published its fourth Statement of Approach which provides details of how Sir Wyn Williams intends to proceed with the work of the Inquiry over the next few months.  Essentially the Terms of Reference has been further updated, Sir Wyn has expanded his team to include a solicitor, QC and Counsel as well as other additional staff.  There will also be an application process to achieve “Core Participant” status and the team is looking to a venue in which to hold public hearings which will take place in early 2022.  A link to the full statement is as follows:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/post-office-horizon-it-inquiry-2020/post-office-horizon-it-inquiry-statement-of-approach-004-conversion-into-a-statutory-inquiry-terms-of-reference-core-participants-and-timetable#criteria-for-core-participation-status

We will continue to comprehensively engage with the Inquiry in line with our policies, especially now it has real teeth – i.e. the legal power to subpoena witnesses and to compel witnesses to give evidence under oath.

A web article has been published today and can be accessed via the following link:

https://www.cwu.org/news/horizon-judicial-inquiry-hearings-to-commence-early-2022/

In conclusion, a meeting is planned with the GS Department, Research Department and Mark Baker our Postmasters Branch Secretary to fully determine our next course of action which will include applying for “Core Participant” status and also working on a further written submission to take account of the Inquiry’s wider remit and we will continue to call for meaningful compensation for the many hundreds of Postmaster victims including those covered by the Group Litigation Order.

Yours sincerely

Andy Furey

Assistant Secretary

LTB 239/21 – Post Office – Postmasters – Statutory Inquiry, Horizon – Fourth Statement of Approach

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