A public inquiry, or a tribunal of inquiry, is a form of investigation which is ordered by the Government where there are serious public concerns over an event(s) and/or decisions made. A Chairman is appointed to preside over the inquiry, and a senior barrister is appointed to present the case and evidence to the tribunal. The skills of a stenographer, most often providing a real-time transcript, are used, with the final transcript being ready at the end of the day for the parties and uploaded to the inquiry website for public viewing. Pen shorthand writers may also be used to work as part of a write-out team to provide a transcript by the end of each day.
Realtime reporting is the simultaneous display of the spoken word on to a variety of devices. Off-site streaming is possible.
See also on this page:
- Legal proceedings: American Depositions, Arbitrations, Court and other Legal Proceedings, Daily Transcripts, Disciplinary Hearings