The Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry is independent from government, and it is for the Chair to decide the Inquiry's procedure and conduct, with regard to the need to avoid any unnecessary cost.

In 2020 it was estimated there were 5.5 million people living in Scotland. Everybody in Scotland was affected by the strategic response to the COVID-19 pandemic. For the Inquiry to conduct its functions within a reasonable period, it will focus on its key aim of reporting on lessons learned. There must be a balance between conducting a rigorous investigation and reporting so that lessons learned are available as soon as possible.

It is not possible to give full details of the procedure which will be followed during the lifetime of an inquiry at its outset because it is likely to evolve and adapt.