Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry opens first round of funding application process 

The Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry has today launched its application process for those wishing to claim funding from the Inquiry to cover legal expenses.  

People and organisations can get involved with the Inquiry’s work in a number of ways. It is not necessary to have a lawyer to participate in the Inquiry’s work, but some people may feel they require the assistance of one to participate fully. If they cannot afford a lawyer, and consider they are eligible to apply, they can ask the Inquiry to assist with the costs of instructing one by making an application for funding.  

Applications can be submitted until 11:59pm on 31 January 2023 and it is important that before applying prospective applicants read the relevant protocol, which sets out key information to assist individuals in understanding how the process works, including who is eligible to apply. The protocol can be found here

When the application window has closed, the Inquiry will take time to consider all applications, and will contact all applicants to let them know the outcome of their submission.  

Applying for funding is a two-stage process. The first stage is applying to the Chair, using the form on the Inquiry’s website, for a decision in principle as to whether it is appropriate for a person or organisation to receive funding at all. The second stage, for those who were successful in their initial applications, is requesting payment of specific invoices submitted to the Inquiry, which will be dealt with by the Solicitor to the Inquiry. 

Currently, the Inquiry is inviting applications for the first stage. Successful applicants will in due course receive further information on what to expect with regard to the second stage. 

While applications can be made for all work to be done by the applicant’s lawyer in relation to the Inquiry, applicants are encouraged to focus on particular types of work, investigative areas or phases of the Inquiry. Doing so will not prevent applicants from making further applications in relation to other types, areas or phases at a later date.