Coroner's Court Diary
All inquests are heard at the Coroners Court in the Royal Exchange Building.
All inquest hearings are held in an open public court. Due to the Covid pandemic, the court building was closed to the public attending inquest hearings for a period of time, but inquests have continued to be heard as usual by using audio/video link. Interested persons, witnesses and legal representatives are able to attend the hearings by those methods. Members of the general public, media and press could only attend by audio link so long as the court building remained closed. The law regards these hearings as still being in open court.
The court building has now re-opened.
However, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and in order to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus, the Coroner is trying to conduct as many inquests as possible via audio/video link and minimise the requirement for any physical attendance by interested persons, witnesses and legal representatives, and members of the public, media and press.
If you have to attend court for any reason we ask that you follow the approved guidance and rules provided.
If you wish to observe an inquest for your professional development, you are welcome to do so. Please follow the visitors' guidelines to arrange this. The diary shows several types of hearing. Openings and Pre-inquest Review Hearings are administrative sessions only where no evidence is heard, and we do not recommend them for observation visits.