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any written evidence attached to that form which relates to the identity of the injured person or his or her residence in an institution or which concerns the circumstances of the abuse suffered by the injured person.  The Board does not send to a relevant person -

(i)any information which will or may disclose the present whereabouts of the injured person;

(ii)a photograph of the injured person, or

(iii)any medical reports provided by or on behalf of the injured person.

56.Where the Board receives written evidence from or on behalf of a relevant person, it will forward a copy of that evidence to the applicant.

Abandonment of application

57.A person who wishes to discontinue his or her application for redress may do so at any time by so notifying the Board in writing.


58The Board will delegate two of its members to consider settlement of applications without a hearing in cases where it appears appropriate to the Board and the applicant has so consented in writing.  The members nominated may vary from time to time.  The members delegated (the “settlement panel”) will have full powers to settle cases.  The applicant’s legal representatives will be informed of the award which the settlement panel consider should be made by applying precisely the same principles as would apply at a hearing of an application (see above paragraphs 19-28).

59.The applicant’s consent will normally be shown by ticking the appropriate box in section 11 of the Application Form.  If this box is not ticked, the Board will seek other written confirmation that the applicant wishes to consider the possibility of settling his or her application without a hearing.

It is the Board’s practice not to consider for settlement but to require a hearing in the case of any application by a person who is not legally represented.   

60.Where an applicant is legally represented, an application will not be considered for settlement unless the settlement panel -

(i)has obtained a report from a medical adviser to the Board in accordance with section 10(11) and (12) of the Act, and

(ii)is satisfied that –

(a)the evidence in relation to an application establishes that the applicant is entitled to redress under the Act, and

(b)it is not necessary in the interests of justice –

(i)to allow a relevant person either to give oral evidence to the Board or to cross-examine the applicant or any person giving evidence on behalf of the applicant, or

(ii)to allow the applicant to cross-examine the relevant person or any person giving evidence on behalf of the relevant person.

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