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What is an Inquest?

What is an Inquest?

An Inquest is a public hearing in which a Coroner seeks to establish when, where and how a death occurred. An Inquest is usually held following a death in which the cause is unclear, or a death that occurred whilst a person was in the care of the state. This can involve deaths in prison, police custody or in a hospital (where the care given is called under question).

The bereaved family can attend the inquest of the deceased as an Interested Person and Farleys can provide specialist representation in this regard. We will ensure that you are represented by experienced advocates and help you to obtain as much out of the inquest as possible. We will assist you from the initial investigation into the death, through to any inquest heard before a coroner.

FAQs

What verdicts can the Coroner deliver?

An Inquest is not a trial, and as such, the Coroner is not there to establish blame for the death that could result in conviction. The Coroner does have the power, however, to investigate the acts of others that may have contributed to the death. Should the Coroner conclude that the actions of others have contributed to the death, he/she can return a narrative verdict detailing this, and will often make recommendations to any authorities involved to suggest changes to implement that may reduce the risk of recurrence.

Will there be a Jury?

The inquest may be held with or without a jury, dependent upon the circumstances of the death. A jury is required when the death occurred in prison, concerns the health and safety of the general public, or involved an occurrence that needs to be reported to a Government department or body.

Why do I need legal representation?

Due to the fact that Inquests are rarely reported in the media, aside from where a high profile death has occurred, the Inquest process is often shrouded in mystery, leaving those who suddenly have to face Inquest proceedings very much in the dark.

The solicitors at Farleys endeavour to explain everything to the families of the deceased in clear and simple terms, helping them to understand the Inquest process and feel in control of what is going on around them at such a distressing time.

Families have the right to ask questions during Inquests, either themselves or through a representing solicitor. Because we are experienced in this area and have detailed knowledge of Inquest proceedings, we can assist you in obtaining as much information as possible.

Contact our Specialist Inquest Team

To speak to a solicitor at Farleys to discuss obtaining legal help to prepare for and represent you during an Inquest, call 0333 331 4602 or email us.

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