Attending the hearings

The public is welcome to attend  the inquests hearings, which are being held at 305 Bridgewater Place, Birchwood Park, Warrington, Cheshire  WA3 6XG.  Please see the Warrington Borough Council website for more information on how to get to the venue.

Hearings will generally start at 10am each morning and will finish at about 4.15pm.  An up-to-date list of non-sitting days can be found at the foot of this page. There will be a break for lunch each day from 1pm to 1.45pm.  Sandwiches, snacks and cold drinks are available from 12pm to 2pm in the public foyer of the court building. For information about other places to eat or get a hot drink, please see the website for The Centre at Birchwood Park.

The building will open at 9am each morning:  please allow sufficient time to go through security at the entrance. If you are a witness, please see our Information for witnesses page.



December: Wednesday 2nd, Monday 7th, Monday 14th (Court will sit for legal argument), Monday 21st (Court will sit for legal argument) until court resumes in the new year.

November: Friday 6th, Monday 9th, Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 18th, Friday 20th, Thursday 26th,

October: Friday 9th, Monday 26th – Friday 30th

September: Friday 11th, Monday 14th, Friday 18th

August: W/C Monday 3rd August- Court will be sitting without the jury to hear oral submissions. Monday 10th August-Tuesday 1st September. (summer break)

July: Friday 10th, Monday 13th, Friday 17th, Thursday 23rd, Friday 24th, Monday 27th

June: Tuesday 2nd, Friday 5th, Wednesday 10th- Friday 12th, Thursday 25th-Friday 26th

May: Friday 8 (juror commitment) Monday 25 – Friday 29 (Whitsun half-term including bank holiday)

April: Thursday 2 – Friday 10 (Easter); Monday 13 – Friday 17  inclusive (26th anniversary of the disaster)

February: Thursday 5 (court will finish at 12pm); Monday 16 – Friday 20 (half-term break)

January: Thursday 1 and Friday 2 (Christmas break); Monday 5 to Wednesday 7 (juror unavailable); Friday 23 (juror  or other commitment); Tuesday 27 (jury required until 1pm; legal submissions PM); Wednesday 28 (court will sit from 12pm only); Thursday 29 (court will finish at 12pm); Friday 30 (juror or other commitment).


December: Friday 5 (juror commitment); Thursday 11 & Friday 12 (juror unavailable); Monday 22 to Friday 2 January 2015 (Christmas / New Year break)

November: Monday 10, morning only (court will sit from 2pm), Friday 14 (juror commitment), Thursday 20 & Friday 21 (juror illness); Wednesday 26 (juror commitment)

October: Friday 3, Monday 6 & Tuesday 7 (juror commitment), Friday 17 (juror commitment), Wednesday 22 (PM only), Thursday 23 and Friday 25 (jury commitments);  Monday 27 – Friday 31 October 2014

September: Tuesday 9 – Friday 12 September (juror commitment / illness); Friday 19 September; Wednesday 24, Thursday 25 PM & Friday 26 September (juror illness)

August: Monday 25 August 2014 (bank holiday) and Friday 29 August 2014 (jury commitment)