Visits for research or professional development
The Coroners and their team recognise the importance of court observation in training the next generation of doctors, nurses, lawyers and other professionals. We regularly welcome observers to inquest hearings.
Almost all of our inquests are held in open court and members of the public are allowed to attend. You can use the online court diary to find a day you wish to attend. Avoid hearings marked Opening or Pre-inquest review as these are administrative sessions only. Please send a courtesy email to the office: firstname.lastname@example.org so the clerk of the court can expect you. Inquest hearings may change at short notice, so re-check the diary the day before your visit to ensure it is going ahead as planned.
We are happy to host groups of up to 4 people in this way. We ask groups of 5 or more to make a formal booking by email. Bookings for large groups of students must be made by the course tutor.
We put bereaved families first and remind all visitors to show sensitivity and respect. Quiet and professional conduct are essential throughout the court complex. Please wear smart casual/business wear or uniform, together with academic or professional ID. Arrive 15 minutes before the start of the first inquest, sign in at reception and go to the court waiting room. The clerk of the court will seat you in the public area. Visitors should not approach anyone involved in the inquest, even to offer condolences. If you are staying all day, there will be a lunch break when you can go out to a local cafe. The court day usually finishes between 4.00pm and 5.00pm. If you need to leave before the last case finishes, it's fine for you to slip out quietly.
We do not currently offer work experience or marshalling placements.