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South London Coroner’s Service,  2nd Floor,  Davis House,          Robert Street,  Croydon  CR0 1QQ

We cover the London boroughs of Croydon, Sutton, Bromley and Bexley.

All correspondence for the South London Coroner’s Court should be addressed to the above.  Both the court and office are at the above address.

Main switchboard: 020 8313 1883
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COVID-19 Notice

28th July 2020

During the current Pandemic all staff are now working remotely, tirelessly to continue our service to you.

However, we are not able to receive any correspondence sent to us by post or courier so for all general enquiries please email  and we will endeavour to respond to you within 3 working days.

If you are a professional sending us a referral please email

If you are a funeral director requesting cremation papers you can now email your request with the relevant details to and we will email the documents to you when available for release. 


Any person admitted to a remote hearing at South London Coroner’s Court is bound by the following direction from the Senior Coroner:

With respect to the coroner’s investigation, of which this hearing is part, no person attending remotely may further disclose documents previously issued by the court, or exhibits shown in the hearing, or make a recording of the hearing without permission of the coroner.  

 Disclosure is permitted to legal and professional advisors and immediate members of the deceased’s family in connection with the investigation.  

 Journalists may wish to apply to the coroner to record a hearing if it is necessary to enable fair reporting.  Failure to follow this direction may risk being in contempt of court. If in doubt, please contact the court for a ruling.

  • Do not share documents without permission
  • Do not share photographs or exhibits without permission
  • Do not make recordings without permission

H M Coroner S. Ormond-Walshe

Senior Coroner, South London

South London Coroners Court

1st June 2020


HM Senior Coroner for South London, Miss. Ormond-Walshe, will be holding inquests into the deaths of Dane Chinnery, Donald Collett, Robert Huxley, Philip Logan, Dorota Rynkiewicz, Philip Seary and Mark Smith who tragically lost their lives in the Sandilands tram incident on 9th November 2016.

Sandilands Pre-Inquest Review Hearing

6th August 10.00 hours

(The Council Chamber, Town Hall, Katherine Street, Croydon)

The Coroner will be physically present in court. The court will also be open to the public (including the press), although numbers will be limited by the dimensions of the room and the necessary social distancing measures that will be in place before, during and after the hearing.

The current view is that it will not be necessary to provide an audio line (after disapplying section 9 of the Contempt of Court Act 1981) for the public/press but the Coroner will consider any submissions on that point if made in good time in advance of the hearing.

Any member of the press or public who wish to attend physically are asked to kindly contact with details of who they are to schedule their attendance on the day. Please note space will be limited and this will be on a first come first served basis.

Arrangements for families, interested persons, their representatives and witnesses will be organised through the Coroner’s Officer.

Previous hearings:

The first procedural hearing took place at midday, 11th December 2019 in the Council Chamber, Town Hall, Katharine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX.

The second procedural hearing took place at 10am 29th January 2020 in the Council Chamber, Town Hall, Katharine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX.

The Coroner's Court is located at 

South London Coroner's Service, Davis House,
Robert Street, Croydon

The location of the Coroner's court is easily accessible in central Croydon, close to East Croydon Rail and Tramlink Stations and to a bus station.  The court is approximately a 10 minute walk from East Croydon train station.  Detailed further directions if required are available on application to the South London Coroner’s Office. Public car parking is available in Wandle Road car park but not in the court complex itself.









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Date of Birth Forename Surname Gender Date of Inquest
06.12.1961 Louise BAILEY Female 07.08.2020 @ 10am

Information on attending an inquest »


Those who wish to attend court and who have any special requirements (including, for example, a need for translation or interpretation services or help with reading) are requested to contact the office dealing with the inquest well in advance.  Wheelchair access is available, but please advise us ahead of your visit so that all necessary arrangements can be made.  The courts have toilets, waiting rooms, telephones, and facilities for people with disabilities.  It is appreciated if prior warning can be given by those requiring any specific facilities.