Parties with Standing
We granted standing to persons or groups who demonstrated that they had a substantial and direct interest in the subject matter of the National Inquiry. We also granted standing to parties who did not have a direct and substantial interest in the subject matter of the National Inquiry, but who represented distinct interests, and whose expertise and perspective were essential for the National Inquiry to fulfill its mandate.
Standing was granted on a regional and/ or national basis, as defined by The Legal Path: Rules of Respectful Practice. While everyone was welcome to attend the public National Inquiry events, for those parties granted funding, they were 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 did not wish to hire lawyers exercised these rights without lawyers.
There were two categories of standing: National and Regional. National standing entitled parties to attend and exercise rights at truth gatherings which were national in scope, whereas regional standing entitled parties to attend and exercise rights at truth gatherings which were regional in scope. For example, most Part I Community Hearings were regional because they only heard from families and survivors from that particular region, whereas many Expert Hearings were national because the experts came from across the country and addressed issues which were national in scope. Only those parties who demonstrated financial need were granted funding.