2022 Inquiry into the convictions of Kathleen Megan Folbigg

Pursuant to section 77(1)(a) of the Crimes (Appeal and Review) Act 2001 (NSW), her Excellency, the Governor of New South Wales, has directed that an inquiry be held into the conviction of Kathleen Megan Folbigg on 21 May 2003 of offences involving the deaths of her four children, and malicious infliction of grievous bodily harm upon one of the children, between 20 February 1989 and 1 March 1999.

The Honourable Thomas Frederick Bathurst AC KC has been appointed to conduct the Inquiry, with the powers and authorities conferred on a commissioner by Division 2 of Part 2 of the Royal Commissions Act 1923 (NSW) (except for section 17).

A copy of the Governor’s direction dated 18 May 2022 (PDF , 72.4 KB) in relation to the Inquiry is now available.  


The first hearing block in the Inquiry commenced on 14 November 2022. Evidence was adduced from cardiac and genetic experts and it is intended that the remainder of this evidence will be adduced during the second hearing block.

On 14 November 2022, the following Orders (PDF, 102.5 KB) were made. On 15 November 2022, the hearing was adjourned until 13 February 2023.

The second hearing block in the Inquiry is scheduled to commence on 13 February 2023 with an initial estimate of three weeks. It will address cardiac and genetic evidence as well as psychology, psychiatry and other evidence relevant to Ms Folbigg's diaries.

The hearing in the Inquiry will take place on Level 4 of the Chief Secretary's Building, 121 Macquarie Street, Sydney. Public entry to the Chief Secretary's Building is via Bridge Street, Sydney.

The hearing in the Inquiry will also be live-streamed on the Department of Communities and Justice Youtube channel.

Limited seating is available for members of the public at the hearing. Members of the public are encouraged to view the proceedings online via the livestream.

All live streams, recordings and other material published by the Inquiry are subject to Crown Copyright. For media queries about permitted reproduction or distribution of the material, contact: media.unit@dcj.nsw.gov.au.

Further information about the hearing can be found on the Hearings page.

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