MP visits new Doncaster Coroner’s Court

MP Rosie Winterton
MP Rosie Winterton

Doncaster Central MP Rosie Winterton has visited the town’s new Coroner’s Court to see for herself the culmination of a 20-year campaign to move the court into new, more appropriate premises.

She met South Yorkshire East coroner Nicola Mundy who now holds inquests at the Crown Court building on College Road.

Ms Winterton said: “The previous Coroner’s Court in Union Street was a converted office block and had been inadequate for many years.

“Attending hearings at the Coroner’s Court can be a difficult and distressing experience. The new offices, in the Crown Court building, offer better facilities and ensure proceedings take place in a much more suitable environment.”

The previous premises, which has held coroner’s proceedings since 1994, had only a basic courtroom which could not accommodate jury inquests.

Local authorities have a statutory duty to pay for the Coroner’s Court service and HM Courts Service – which owns the Crown Court – has agreed to make the facilities available on the basis of a pro-rata contribution to the running costs from Doncaster Council.