Archived - 07/06/2011

IDRC had the privilege of hosting the above inquest at our centre from the 24th March to the 6th May 2011. The inquest attracted a fair amount of media coverage due to the nature of the inquest and public interest. IDRC received good media exposure on TV, newspaper and internet as a result.

Operational Requirements Summary

  • One Main room - consisting of a judges platform, witness platform, 11 member jury area,  prosecution and defence teams, media and public seating gallery for approximately 30 people.
  • One Media room - consisting of 3 screens providing live feeds of streaming witness footage,  live transcription and any electronic exhibits such as police camera footage and providing seating for approximately 30 people
  • 7 retirement rooms for legal teams, Coroner's Office, City of London, Jury and Family members of the deceased
  • Merrill Legal were responsible for the court reporting services

The presiding coroner wrote in person to Damian at the end of the inquest:

"I would just like to thank you and your staff for the excellent service you provided at the IDRC for the inquest into the death of Ian Tomlinson.  From my point of view everything ran smoothly and efficiently. The premises were excellent. Your attitude, if something needed changing, was very can-do and the rest of my team were very impressed. All in all it was a first class experience"
Judge Peter Thornton QC

In summary the facilitating of this Inquest was a resounding success and we are very satisfied with the feedback we have received. Although very demanding at first, the team worked well to ensure all parties were well looked after and that we anticipated their requirements and met them accordingly. We offered assistance where it wasn't expected and as a consequence gained good public relations with the City of London, Coroner are Office and associated representatives.

We look forward to hosting more of these in the future and are confident this success will help us secure such in the future.