Welcome to the Commission of Inquiry in Bermuda

NEW to the website: Frequently Asked Questions Updated August 2016

The Commission of Inquiry was established under the Commissions of Inquiry Act, 1935 by the Premier, the Honourable Michael Dunkley JP, MP on February 24, 2016. The Commission has been directed to inquire into the findings of the Auditor General’s report on the Consolidated Fund for the Financial Years 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Matters of particular concern are listed in Section 3 of the Auditor’s Report. You can download this report here or from the Documents section of this site. We have also posted the Commission’s Terms of Reference and a copy of the Commissions of Inquiry Act 1935 .

The Commission is chaired by international jurist and former Bermuda Court of Appeal judge Sir Anthony Evans. Its members are lawyer and former MP John Barritt, businesswoman Fiona Luck and businessman Kumi Bradshaw. You can read more information about the Commission’s members in the Members section of this site.

The Commission has advised that critical components of its deliberations will be fairness, objectivity and independence.

The Commission has planned a timeline for its investigations, including a preliminary public hearing that was held on Monday, June 27, 2016.

How is the Commission conducting its investigation?

  • The Commission of Inquiry began its review of the Auditor General’s Report on April 4, 2016.
  • As Commissioners identify potential witnesses, names will be given to the Commission’s Counsel, Conyers Dill & Pearman.
  • Commission’s Counsel will contact persons as directed by the Commission.
  • Witnesses may be required to give evidence at the Public Hearings.  The  preliminary public hearing was held at St. Theresa’s Church Hall on Laffan Street, Hamilton on June 27, 2016. The next public hearing will be held on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, also at St. Theresa’s Church Hall, beginning at 10:00am.
  • Under Section 9 of the Commissions of Inquiry Act 1935, the Commission of Inquiry has the power  to require the attendance of witnesses and the production of documents.
  • In appropriate circumstances, the Commission will receive evidence in private rather than at the public hearing.

NEW to the website: Frequently Asked Questions Updated August 2016

Hearings

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About the Hearings

The Commission of Inquiry has completed its review of Section 3 of the Auditor General’s report, collected data and identified who should be called to testify appear before the Commission. The first of a series of public hearings was held on Monday, June 27, 2016 at St. Theresa’s Church Hall, Laffan Street, Hamilton. The second public hearing will be held on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, also at St. Theresa’s Church Hall, beginning at 10:00am.

Public Hearing #1 June 27, 2016

The first public hearing was held on Monday, June 27, 2016 at St. Theresa’s Church Hall, Laffan Street, Hamilton.

Public Hearing #1: Document Downloads

Opening Statement

An overview of how the Commission is proeeding with its inquiry

Counsel Statement

A synopsis of current and future work in support of the Commission

Documents

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Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference under which the Commission is conducting its investigation

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Commissions of Inquiry Act 1935

The Act under which the Commission of Inquiry has been established

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Auditor General's Report

The Report of the Auditor General on the Consolidated Fund of the Government of Bermuda for the Financial Years March 31, 2010, March 31, 2011 and March 31, 2012

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What Is a Commission of Inquiry?

An overview of the scope and remit of a commission of inquiry

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Procedural Statement

A detailed description of the Commission's timetable and process

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Opening Statement

An overview of how the Commission is proceeding with the inquiry

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Counsel Statement

A synopsis of current and future work in support of the Commission

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

An overview of questions about the Commission

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UPDATED Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Members

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Sir Anthony Evans (Chairman)

Sir Anthony is a former Chief Justice of the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts. He has extensive experience as an arbitrator with particular emphasis on international commercial arbitration.

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The Hon. John Barritt, JP

The Honourable John Barritt is a Consultant Attorney with MJM Limited and former Bermuda parliamentarian of 18 years experience in the Legislature.

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Fiona Luck

Fiona Luck served as Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff at XL Group plc (“XL”) from June 2006 until August 2008 and then Special Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer of XL until she retired from the company in 2009.

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Kumi Bradshaw

Kumi Bradshaw is president of Firm Advisory Ltd. His professional experience has focused on small to mid-sized private companies in jurisdictions including Bermuda, North America and Central Europe.

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Commission of Inquiry Issues Procedural Statement June 2016

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Commission of Inquiry First Week Update April 11 2016

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Commission of Inquiry Launches Website May 2 2016

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Commission Issues Media Advisory - Hearings to Begin Monday, June 27, 2016

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Preliminary Hearing

Read & view the June 27, 2016 Hearing

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Contact

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Confidential Commission Hotline

+1 441 294 0414

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Anyone who believes he or she have information relevant to the Commission’s remit is invited to contact the Commission either in writing or through the confidential hotline (+1 441 294 0414). The information given will be treated in strict confidence.

 

Online submissions

Submissions made through this form are completely anonymous, unless you choose to disclose your name and/or contact information.

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