ATTENDING AN INQUEST

All inquests held by the South London HM Coroner are held at the South London Coroner’s Court.

 

The nearest station to South London Coroner’s Court East Croydon, there are also other public transport connections such as the East Croydon bus station and tram stop, which are a short walk from the Court. Follow the linked bellow find a public transport route https://tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey/

When a coroner’s investigation into a death is complete, a date for a full inquest will be set, this date can be found on the Home Page of this website. The interested persons’ will be informed of the date by the Coroner’s Officer and witnesses will be asked to attend to give evidence. If they are unwilling to attend voluntarily they may be served with a notice requiring their attendance. A failure to comply may incur a fine. The coroner  may also issue a Witness Summons where failure to attend can result in a warrant for a person’s arrest, imprisonment or a fine. The inquest is held in the public interest and not on behalf of any individual. The family and other interested persons can be represented by a lawyer but it is not a requirement and most inquests take place without such representation. It is not necessary for the bereaved relatives to attend the inquest if they do not wish to as the details of the death may need to be dealt with in graphic terms. If you do attend the inquest you can be accompanied by a supporter, a friend, or if you wish a member of the Coroner’s Court Support Service (link to page about this service) may be there to offer you support. On arrival to the Court please notify the security guards that you are attending an inquest at the Coroner’s Court. You will be directed to the basement where the Coroner’s Court waiting room is situated. Please note that an Officer will call you through to the Court Room once the Coroner is ready to start the inquest which you are attending.