Inquiry into the convictions of Kathleen Megan Folbigg

Hearings

Substantive hearings

Three tranches of substantive hearings were held at the Forensic Medicine and Coroner's Court complex located on 1A Main Avenue, Lidcombe.

  • In the week commencing Monday, 18 March 2019 evidence relevant to forensic pathology, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI), immunology and microbiology was heard by the Inquiry.
  • In the week commencing Monday, 15 April 2019 evidence relevant to genetics, cardiology and neurology was heard by the Inquiry.
  • In the week commencing Monday, 29 April 2019 Ms Folbigg gave evidence to the Inquiry about the diary entries, possession of the diaries and her disposal of the diaries.

The documents tendered and the transcripts of the hearing can be found here.

Timetable for receipt of submissions

The timetable for receipt of submissions following the completion of the substantive hearings is as follows:

  • Counsel Assisting's submissions are to be provided to those with leave to appear before the Inquiry by Friday, 17 May 2019.
  • Submissions in relation to the diaries from those with leave to appear are to be provided to the Inquiry by Friday, 24 May 2019.
  • Submissions from those with leave to appear before the Inquiry are to be provided to the Inquiry by Friday, 31 May 2019.

Directions hearings

The fifth directions hearing was held on Monday, 1 April 2019. A copy of the transcript from the hearing can be found here.

The fourth directions hearing was held on Monday, 11 February 2019. The documents tendered and the transcript from the hearing can be found here.

The third directions was held on Thursday, 20 December 2018. A copy of the transcript from the hearing can be found here.

The second directions hearing was held on Wednesday, 12 December 2018. The documents tendered and the transcript from the hearing can found here.

The first directions hearing was held on Thursday, 25 October 2018. The documents tendered and the transcript from the hearing can found here.

Representation at the Inquiry  

The Judicial Officer may grant leave to a person to appear at the Inquiry if he considers that the person is substantially and directly interested in the subject matter of the Inquiry, or that the persons conduct in relation to any matter at the Inquiry has been challenged to the person's detriment. The Judicial Officer may allow the person to be represented by counsel or a solicitor.

A person granted leave to appear at the Inquiry may be permitted to examine any witness on any matter the Judicial Officer considers relevant to the Inquiry.

If the character of any person who was a witness at the trial of Kathleen Folbigg may be affected by the Inquiry, the Judicial Officer will permit the person to be present at the Inquiry and to examine any witness who attends the Inquiry.