Inquiry into the convictions of Kathleen Megan Folbigg

​Scope

At the third directions hearing on 20 December 2018 the Judicial Officer determined the scope of the Inquiry should be expanded to include the following:

  1. Any new research or advances in medical science relevant to the causes of death of each child and the cause of the apparent or acute life threatening event in respect of Patrick.
  2. Expert medical opinion as to the causes of death of each child and the cause of the apparent or acute life threatening event in respect of Patrick in light of any relevant new research or advances in medical science.
  3. Any new research or literature concerning the incidence of reported deaths of three or more infants in the same family attributed to unidentified natural causes.
  4. Any other related expert medical evidence.
  5. Ms Folbigg is allowed to give evidence if she wishes to do so, about the diary entries, possession of the diaries and her disposal of the diaries. The evidence from her will be restricted and the cross-examination of her will be restricted to those particular issues.
At the fourth directions hearing on 11 February 2019 the Judicial Officer made the following additional order in respect of the scope of the Inquiry:

  • The scope of the Inquiry will not include the evidence of Ms Folbigg unless the Inquiry is notified in writing by 17 March 2019 that she does intend to give evidence.
The Inquiry was notified in writing that Ms Folbigg would give evidence. Ms Folbigg's evidence was heard by the Inquiry in the week commencing Monday, 29 April 2019. Further information about the hearing can be found here.