The Westminster Bridge Inquests

Inquests arising from the deaths in The Westminster Terror Attack of 22 March 2017

PRESS INFORMATION NOTICE

Date: Monday 15 January 2018

Start: 10.30 a.m.

Location: Court 1 of the Old Bailey, London, EC4M 7EH

His Honour Judge Mark Lucraft QC is the Chief Coroner and he is responsible for holding the Inquests into the deaths of the four individuals killed on Westminster Bridge; the Police Officer killed within the Palace of Westminster; and the attacker Mr Masood.

The purpose of the hearing is for The Chief Coroner to give case management directions to pave the way for a rigorous and thorough investigation into these deaths.

The Chief Coroner has instructed an experienced team to assist him. They include Jonathan Hough QC and Aaron Moss as Counsel to the Inquests and Siân Jones at Bircham Dyson Bell LLP as Solicitor to the Inquests.

The Chief Coroner will not be undertaking any media interviews regarding these Inquests.

NOTES TO EDITORS

The Inquests will be known as Inquests arising from the deaths in the Westminster terror attack.

Any Press attending the Pre-Inquest Review Hearing should note that the following restrictions apply:

  • Seating in Court 1 is limited. There is an upper balcony where the press will be able to sit. The seating will be available on a first come, first served basis.
  • Camera and recording equipment are strictly prohibited.
  • Telephone calls are not permitted in the courtroom. All mobile phone/BlackBerry devices must be switched off or turned to silent. To make calls during the hearing, reporters will need to go outside the courtroom.
  • Use of live text-based media in the press and public area of the court is permitted, but is always dependent on proceedings not being interfered with and subject to the court’s right to rescind that permission. Use of devices should not cause a disturbance or distraction. Laptops may be used by the press and public but they must not be used to make live recordings of proceedings. Power sockets are not available, so laptops must be battery powered.
  • Notes on the inquest process are set out below:
  • An inquest is a fact-finding inquiry which is held into certain types of death (a violent or unnatural death, a death of unknown cause, or a death which has occurred in state detention. Its primary purpose is to establish who has died; and how, when and where the death occurred.
  • The inquest is a form of inquiry, governed by statute and conducted by a coroner, to determine the truth. It is not a trial so there are no formal parties and nobody is on trial.
  • The conclusions of an inquest cannot be framed in such a way as to appear to determine matters of criminal liability on the part of a named person or matters of civil liability.
  • Section 7 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 sets out the limited circumstances in which an inquest must be held with a jury.

Media Contact Details

For further information at this time, media enquiries should be made to Siân Jones, Solicitor to the Inquests at SianJones@bdb-law.co.uk or on 020 7783 3587

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