Attending as a visitor
This page contains information on how members of the public can attend evidential hearings.
The first step is to email your name, preferred email address and phone number to HWT@shekubayohinquiry.scot stating which day you would like to attend. You will need to submit a separate request for each day you wish to attend. A member of the team will get back to you.
Submitting an application to attend does not mean a ticket will be available. If no tickets are available for the day you'd like to attend, you'll be placed on a waiting list.
See the FAQ below for more information on what to expect.
For information on how we use your data, read our privacy notice.
Am I guaranteed a ticket?
Submitting an application to attend does not mean a ticket will be available. If no tickets are available for the day you'd like to attend, you'll be placed on a waiting list. We will contact you via email if a place becomes available.
Recordings and transcripts of hearings are also available on the website.
How will I know if the hearing I have a ticket for has been cancelled?
We will contact you by phone or email if the hearing you have a ticket for has been cancelled. Up-to-date schedules for hearings will be published on the website – please make sure you check the schedule for any amendments before traveling to Capital House.
Can I bring a bag?
For security reasons we advise that you don't bring a bag, though small bags, such as handbags and small backpacks, are allowed. Bags may be subject to search on arrival at Capital House.
Can I eat or drink in the hearing room?
Eating and drinking is not allowed in the hearing room, though free bottled water is available at reception. There are no catering facilities in Capital House. Nearby Lothian Road has a good selection of shops and cafes.
What will happen when I get to Capital House?
When you arrive at the main entrance to Capital House, you will be met by a member of the hearings and witness team. From there, they will escort you to the Inquiry offices. You will be shown to the witness room, where you will wait until called to give evidence in the hearing room.
Tea and coffee will be available and a member of the hearings and witness team will be on hand to answer any questions you might have.
What happens if I arrive late for the hearing?
Entry is not allowed after the time specified in the email confirming your seat reservation. On most days that will be 9.30am.
If you need to leave the Inquiry offices for any reason you will not be re-admitted until a break in proceedings.
Who will be in the hearing room?
As well as the Chair and counsel to the Inquiry, there may be a variety of people present, including legal representatives, security staff, Inquiry staff, members of the public and members of the media.
Can I take my phone into the hearing room?
Phones and electronic devices are allowed, though they should be on silent mode at all times. You should not make or accept phone calls, or take photographs or videos in the hearing room.