On this week: Phase 2 hearings commence

This week Sir Wyn Williams begins hearing oral evidence on Phase 2 of the Post Office Horizon IT Inquiry, which is examining the procurement, design, pilot, roll out and modifications of Horizon.   

Today and Wednesday (18 – 19 October), the Inquiry will hear from independent expert witness, Charles Cipione, who was appointed by Sir Wyn Williams in the summer to independently review and analyse evidence the Inquiry has received on the Horizon system.  

Phase 2 explanation


Mr Cipione’s expert report will be published on the Inquiry’s website. He will return to discuss the second half of his report on 17 and 18 November 2022.  

The witness timetable for this week is as follows.  

Evidence Week 1 – Introduction to Horizon  

18 and 19 October  

Charles Cipione – Technical Expert   

20 October (witness 2 may be heard on 20 and/or 21 Oct)  

John Roberts – former Managing Director Group Services, Post Office Ltd  

Paul Rich – former Development Director, Post Office Counters Ltd  

21 October  

Peter Copping – former Director, PA Consulting Group 


A full list of witnesses the Inquiry will hear from in Phase 2 can be found here.  

In his opening statement last week, Counsel to the Inquiry, Jason Beer KC, revealed that throughout its phases, the Inquiry will hear from "a wide range of witnesses, from the Post Office, from Fujitsu, from subpostmasters, for the NFSP, from Government, from Second Sight, from investigators, from lawyers, and other senior and legal political figures.” 

The hearings are being streamed via the Inquiry’s YouTube channel, on a 3 minute delay. Witness statements, video recordings and transcripts will be available on the Inquiry’s website within 24 hours.  


Notes to editors:    

  1. Transcripts, videos and opening statements from last week can be found here.

  1. An indicative timeline for the Inquiry’s public hearings can be found here

  1. There are a limited number of spaces for in-person media attendance.  For media enquiries, please contact newsdesk@postofficehorizoninquiry.org.uk