Parties with Standing
We have granted standing to persons or groups who have demonstrated that they have a substantial and direct interest in the subject matter of the National Inquiry. We have also granted standing to parties who do not have a direct and substantial interest in the subject matter of the National Inquiry, but who represent distinct interests, and whose expertise and perspective will be essential for the National Inquiry to fulfill its mandate.
Standing has been granted on a regional and/ or national basis, as defined by The Legal Path: Rules of Respectful Practice. While everyone is welcome to attend the public National Inquiry events, for those parties granted funding, they are able to hire lawyers to represent them in non-witness roles before the Commissioners such as exercising the right to ask questions, where permitted, of witnesses. Parties who do not wish to hire lawyers can exercise these rights without lawyers.
There are two categories of standing: National and Regional. National standing entitles parties to attend and exercise rights at truth gatherings which are national in scope, whereas regional standing entitles parties to attend and exercise rights at truth gatherings which are regional in scope. For example, most Part I Community Hearings will be regional because they only hear from families and survivors from that particular region, whereas many Expert Hearings will be national because the experts will come from across the country and will be addressing issues which are national in scope. Only those parties who demonstrated financial need were granted funding.