Remote inquest hearings

Further to the Chief Coroner’s Guidance No.42, the coroner must allow people to request remote access to hearings. No-one has the right to observe a hearing remotely. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis and may be refused. The number of observers will be limited to preserve the quality of the call.

Request remote access to a hearing

You should submit this no later than midday the day before the hearing.

Attending a remote inquest hearing

You should attend using a headset with a muted microphone, the camera on and dressed appropriately. You must sit in a private environment. If you do not keep to all these conditions, you will be ejected from the court.

It is a summary offence and a contempt of court to record or transmit these proceedings, or images of any people who are attending them. This means if you record or broadcast any part of the proceedings you will be committing a criminal offence.