18 July 2019
Navigating a Coroner’s inquest
The loss of a family member or friend can be very distressing. The process can be made even more difficult, if the loss is unexpected and without an obvious explanation. When this happens, the case may be referred to a Coroner.
Inquests are important for those left behind, as they can provide a clearer understanding of the events and circumstances leading to the loss.
What is an inquest?
An inquest is a public hearing, in which the Coroner, through his / her investigations, seeks to establish the facts about the deceased person such as when, where and how they died. This information is necessary for a death certificate to be finalised.
A Coroner must investigate a death if there is reason to suspect that the cause of death is unknown, the death was violent or unnatural, or the death occurred whilst the deceased was in custody.
At the end of the evidence provided to the Coroner at the inquest, a conclusion will be delivered. The most common reasons include natural causes and road traffic collisions.
How we can help
We can help you gain a better understanding of the inquest process, make contact with the Coroner’s office and ensure your voice is heard. We will analyse the evidence and if necessary, obtain second opinions on the evidence. We will also represent you at the inquest hearing asking questions to assist the Coroner.