The Coroners service is based at The Council House, Old Market Square, Nottingham.
Guide to Coroner's Services
The 'Guide to coroner services' is primarily for bereaved people but others involved in or affected by a coroner investigation or attending a coroner's inquest may also find it helpful.
Formal Inquests will be held in a designated Court room within the Council House.
Attending an Inquest
Inquests are generally held in open court, where the press and public can attend. Depending upon the circumstances of the case, there may also a jury present.
If you are interested in attending an inquest you can find the weekly court list by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page (Inquest List). Please note that all hearings are listed as 'not before' a certain time, they can begin any time after that listed. The list is updated on Friday evening for the following week.
We list different types of hearings:
Opening of an inquest - this is a short hearing to formally commence the inquest process, during this hearing the presiding coroner will confirm the identity of the individual, the cause of death (if known) and the type of case. They will then adjourn until a later date. No evidence is heard at an opening
A Pre Inquest Review (PIR) - this is an administrative hearing where all the properly interested persons (PIPs) attend court with the allocated coroner so that the coroner can review the case and provide direction. Not all cases require a PIR. No evidence is heard at a PIR
- Completion hearing - this is the final stage in the inquest process, the Coroner hears or reads witness evidence and makes a formal conclusion. A completion is heard with or without the presence of a jury
The type of case is noted on the court list. If you are a medical student wishing to attend an inquest, you may find attending a medical completion more relevant to your course. If you plan on attending with fellow students as part of your course, we suggest the ideal number to attend is 4.
It is important to remember that bereaved family and friends may be in attendance, we respectfully ask that all court attenders bear this in mind and act with sensitivity.
If you are attending an inquest please ensure you arrive 15 minutes before the hearing is scheduled to begin and inform the reception desk at the Council House when you arrive. Dress for court is smart casual, unless you are a witness and are instructed otherwise.
Please note, all hearings are recorded.
Doctors' Reporting Form
Please do not use these addresses to e-mail the office out of hours if you are not a doctor reporting a death.
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