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 into question).
Bereaved family members of the deceased can attend the inquest as properly interested persons, and Farleys can provide specialist representation in this regard. Close relatives such as husbands, wives, civil partners, parents or children automatically become PIPs. This special status is generally granted to siblings and long-term partners too, at the discretion of the Coroner.
Here at Farleys, our expert solicitors will ensure that you are represented by experienced advocates and help you to obtain as much out of the inquest as possible. We can assist you throughout all stages of the process – from the initial investigation into the death, through to any inquest heard before a Coroner.
If the Coroner has a credible reason to suspect that the state was involved – in other words if it could have caused, contributed to or failed to prevent the death of the deceased – they will call what’s known as an Article 2 inquest. The state will automatically have legal protection at an Article 2 inquest, so our solicitors can provide invaluable expert advice and assistance as we present your side of the case. Our aim throughout will be to make sure that all the facts about your loved one’s death are properly investigated, and that appropriate action is taken where necessary.