Help and advice Factsheets Dos and Don't during the inquest process Do Don't Keep in contact with the Coroner’s Officer – they will provide you with all the practical information you require. Arrive on time – gives you a chance to get settled in and introduce yourself to the Coroner & Coroner’s Officer. Ask Questions – the Court knows you are not legally qualified; you are not expected to know everything. The Coroner is there to assist you. Dress formally. Put too much pressure on yourself – inquests can be extremely distressing. Bring children – children under the age of 18 are not permitted to attend the hearing or give evidence. Come alone – if you have the option to bring other family members/friends to the hearing to support you, then do so. Talk to the media during the inquest.