Attending an inquest during Coronavirus

We are following government guidance with regards to safety measures and social distancing within the building. We have put stringent measures in place and we need any attendee to follow these. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes but we are sure you will appreciate that our primary concern is the safety of staff and visitors to the building.

  • if you, or any members of your household are displaying any of the virus symptoms you must not attend. These include:
    • a new, continuous cough
    • a high temperature
    • a loss of or change in your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
  • keep a 2 metre distance from others at all times (with the exception of members of your own household) - you may have to wait or queue outside the building so weather appropriate clothing is advisable. If queuing is required, this needs to be done at a 2m distance from others. Markers on the floor will help provide guidance.
  • due to the requirements of social distancing numbers of attendees is limited. We may not be able to let in unplanned attendees
  • you will be invited to enter the building when it is safe to do so
  • you will be requested to use the hand sanitiser we provide before entering building
  • we are unable to provide you with pens/paper/water
  • inquests are likely to take longer than usual due to ensuring the safe movement of all those attending court and potential comfort breaks
  • you may wear a face covering if you would like
  • prior to arrival at court, please speak with family members to collate any questions you may have as there will need to be a single spokesperson appointed
  • car parking is available on the street to the front and rear of the building for up to 4 hours

Thank you in advance for your understanding and co-operation.

The Medico-Legal Centre is designed to provide the facilities and services required for the investigation of sudden or unexpected death. It comprises the offices and courts of HM Coroner for South Yorkshire (West) District and the public mortuary. It provides the reception, mortuary services and Coroner’s support. 

The Centre has a strong commitment to providing a high standard of service to the bereaved and is nationally and internationally recognised as a model of good practice in this field of work. It is regulated by the Human Tissue Authority (HTA). You can read the report of the latest HTA inspection.

Everyone working at the Medico-Legal Centre is committed to dealing with the technical and legal side of the investigation of sudden death in a professional, dignified, and sympathetic manner.

Car parking

You can park on the street for up to four hours. A disabled parking bay is available immediately outside the entrance.

Hours of business

The offices are open between 9am and 4pm, Monday to Friday. The court will be open at least half an hour before the start of the inquest.


The two courtrooms on the first floor are fully accessible.

When you are given a date to attend court, please let us know as soon as possible if:

  • you are disabled or will be accompanied by someone who is disabled
  • you require a hearing loop
  • you have other needs


Mobile phones must be switched off in court.


There is a free cold water dispenser and a paid for hot drinks vending machine. In addition, there are supermarkets, small shops and cafes nearby. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the court building under any circumstances.


There are two accessible toilets.

Contact the Medico-Legal Centre

Ask us a question

0114 273 8721 Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm

Watery Street

S3 7ES