The first dedicated coroner’s courtroom facility for Essex was officially opened on Friday (March 14).
The courtroom, adjacent family rooms and office accommodation, located in Victoria Road South in Chelmsford offers a more sympathetic environment to cater for the needs of those who have lost family and friends.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was conducted by the Lord Lieutenant of Essex Lord Petre, High Sheriff Julia Abel Smith and former High Sheriff Lady Rosemary Ruggles-Brise.
The chief coroner HHJ Peter Thornton, chairman of the County Council Cllr. Kay Twitchen and Margaret Lee, executive director, corporate services and customer operations at Essex County Council spoke at the event.
Senior coroner for Essex Mrs Caroline Beasley–Murray said: “This new facility is helping us provide support to people at what is an extremely difficult time.
“I’d like to thank everyone involved who has made this possible – it’s a fitting development at a time of national coronial reform and is helping to deliver the high quality service Essex deserves.
The people of Essex – in particular the bereaved – are being provided with an improved, more efficient and more sensitive service.”
Chairman of the County Council, Cllr. Kay Twitchen, said: “When people come to the coroner’s court it is always at a very difficult time in their lives, and it is important that we are now able to offer quiet, calm, dedicated facilities for them.
“The individual meeting rooms will be very valuable and I am delighted that we have been able to provide such pleasant surroundings for the coroner’s service.”