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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. While the building itself was closed due to the Covid pandemic, inquests were heard using audio/video link, so interested persons, witnesses and legal representatives were able to attend the hearings virtually, although members of the general public, media and press could only attend by audio link as long as the court building remained closed.  The law regards these virtual hearings as being in open court.

The court building has now re-opened, however, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, 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.

Guidance and rules for attending court

If you have to attend the court for any reason, please follow the approved guidance and rules:

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.

For details of all forthcoming hearings, please select 'see detailed hearings' below.  For any historical hearings, please contact

See detailed hearings


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