THE families of the 96 people who died in the Hillsborough disaster today learned the first stage of fresh inquests into their deaths will be held next month.
A pre-inquest hearing will be held in London on April 25, the ECHO understands.
The move comes after the original verdicts were quashed by the High Court in December after an application by Attorney General Dominic Grieve.
In September the Hillsborough Independent Panel's report said 41 of the people who died in the 1989 tragedy could have been saved.
Concerns were raised over various aspects of the original inquest process, including the 3.15pm cut-off imposed by then-coroner Dr Stefan Popper.
A pre-inquest hearing usually involves a coroner setting out the terms and scope of a planned inquest, with family members and other interested parties given an opportunity to raise queries during the hearing itself.
It is understood there will be a live video link to Liverpool during the process.