Inquests are usually held into sudden and unexplained deaths. The responsibility for holding inquests is with the coroner. Inquests are generally held to find out how a person died and provide answers to four questions, namely; the identity of the deceased, place of death, time of death and how the deceased came by his/her death. Sometimes the scope of the inquest may be wider and in some instances be held before a jury.
Although the purpose of an inquest is not to determine criminal or civil liability, the verdict in an inquest can lead to recommendations and be relevant to the outcome of other related proceedings.
Individuals with an interest in the proceedings such as relatives of the deceased, individuals appearing as witnesses, and organisations or individuals who may have caused or contributed to the death or any person who the coroner decides is a properly interested person may ask questions of witnesses and make representations to assist the coroner in his investigation.
Nationwide Barristers can put you directly in touch with a specialist public access barrister who can advise you every step of the way or provide representation for you at the pre-inquest review, inquest or inquest before a jury. Contact us today for a free consultation with a public access barrister to see whether we can assist you to get the right result.