Attendance Information

General

The Inquests hearings are being held in public.  Transcripts of the proceedings will be published on this website at the end of each day and witness attendance at the hearings will be published each Friday afternoon for the following week.

The Inquests’ Covid-19 policy can be read here.

Timings

Each day’s hearing will start at 1000 and finish about 1630. There will an adjournment for lunch between 1300 and 1400: there will also be short adjournments in the middle of the morning and afternoon hearing sessions.

Seating

Due to current Covid-19 restrictions seating is limited.  Seats will be available for members of the public and reporters in the hearing room and in an annex on the first floor.

Seats will be available on a first-come first-served basis.

On arrival

The main entrance to the Town Hall will be open each day from 0930 and attendees should allow sufficient time to pass through security checks.

On arrival you may have to queue. When queuing please maintain 2-metre social distancing. 

  • You will be expected to wear your face mask on entering the building.
  • You will be asked on arrival if you’re displaying any Covid-19 symptoms.
  • You will need to provide the staff on the security desk with your name and a contact phone number. Please have a pen ready to use.
  • All attendees will be checked by security staff using a security wand.
  • Bags will also be checked by security staff.
  • A list of regular attendees who have provided contact details to the Inquests will be kept at the security desk so that a register of daily attendance can be maintained. This will be destroyed after the hearings in accordance with government guidelines.

Covid-19 regulations

Face-masks should be worn whenever standing or moving around the Town Hall.

Please note the signage throughout the Town Hall and obey any instructions from the security staff.

The Inquests’ Covid-19 policy has been posted up on the website.

In the hearing room

  • No audio or video recordings may be made of the proceedings.
  • Live text-based communications by journalists or legal commentators for the sole purpose of fair and accurate reporting are permitted. Phones and laptops must be used silently.
  • Cameras are strictly prohibited and should not be brought to the Town Hall.
  • Personal entertainment devices such as MP3 players and iPods may not be used in the hearing room or the annex when Inquests hearings are in session.

The Coroner may remove any of the privileges above if she believes that it is harming the proceedings. The Inquests’ Secretariat also reserves the right to eject individuals who fail to comply with the above conditions.

The 1st Floor Annex

  • An overflow media & public annex will be provided on the 1st floor where the proceedings and evidence may be viewed on TV screens.
  • The annex will be regarded as a precinct of the main hearing room.  While the hearings are in session talking, drinking and eating will not be allowed.
  • Live text-based communications by journalists or legal commentators for the sole purpose of fair and accurate reporting are permitted. Phones and laptops must be used silently.
DateSubject
18 December 2020Attendance Q&A