Submitted in response to written requests from the Inquiry, usually providing lists of questions to be answered. In most cases these formed the basis of questioning in public sessions, but in some cases they were read into the record (or taken as read) and the witness did not appear in person.
Given by witnesses invited by the Inquiry, normally after they have made written statements. These sessions could be viewed live online and sometimes on television news services, and the video recordings are part of the archive. The statements were usually released to the public after the public sessions.
As Lord Justice Leveson announced at the beginning of the inquiry, he commissioned a series of teaching or briefing sessions to provide the Inquiry with some key factual background information material. They took the form of expert presentations with an opportunity for members of the Inquiry to ask questions.
This briefing was provided in closed session on 19 September 2011. A copy of the restriction order under section 19 of the Inquiries Act 2005 made by Lord Justice Leveson can be seen below. The briefing covered the technicalities of intercepting phone calls, voicemails and email, and other means of access to private information. The session was commissioned to explain to the Inquiry the technicalities of phone hacking and other possible means of covert access to private information. A disclosable summary of this teach-in, covering those matters which may properly enter the public domain, is available below.
This briefing session was held at 2pm on Wednesday 28 September2011, and led by Mark Warby QC, a leading silk in media, entertainment, sports and regulatory law. His presentation covered the existing legal framework governing the operation of the media, including the relationship between Articles 8 and 10 of the European Convention of Human Rights, data protection, freedom of information, and the law relating to broadcasting, both at UK and at applicable European level. The purpose of the session was to give the Inquiry an overview of the legal context within which the media is currently required to operate.
The third session was held at 2pm on Wednesday 5 October 2011 and helped the Inquiry understand both the potential and the limitations of regulatory systems, the ideas and techniques underlying them, and the forms that they currently take. It provided an overview of the full range of regulatory approaches from self-regulation to detailed legal regimes, looking at models in use in a number of different areas, sectors and countries.