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Section 14 of the Inquiries Act 2013 states that in making a decision as to the procedure of an inquiry, or in making a finding that is adverse to any person, the inquiry must comply with the principles of natural justice. 

The principle of natural justice ensures that people subject to criticism or adverse findings have a proper opportunity to respond to ensure that the Inquiry’s reports are fair and accurate.

If a proposed finding may adversely affect the interests of any person, the Inquiry must be satisfied that the person is aware of the matters on which the proposed finding is based and has had an opportunity, at any time in the course of the Inquiry, to respond on those matters.

The Inquiry will then consider responses in light of further information provided and finalise its report.