Coroner’s Court – Inquests
We provide representation to interested parties attending an inquest into a death.
A Coroner carries out an inquest to determine:
- The identity of the deceased.
- The time and place of death.
- The cause of death.
Unlike adversarial criminal courts, the inquest is an investigative enquiry. There is no prosecution or defence.
It is not the role of the coroner to attribute blame, but certain verdicts can certainly be associated with criminal proceedings brought by the police, or other bodies such as the Health and Safety Executive. Evidence from inquests can be used in criminal trials.
Any legitimately interested party may be represented at an inquest. Some examples are:
A family member who has concerns over the cause of death.
Someone attending as a witness who may be involved in the death.
A company or its director where there has been a death at the place of work.
Not everyone who attends a Coroner’s Court requires representation. We will advise as to whether we believe that legal assistance would be helpful.
- Represented the family of a student who had sadly died in unexplained circumstances. Family members were concerned that this may have been an unlawful killing. Cross examination of the investigating police officer enabled reassurance that this was not the case. An open verdict was returned.
- Represented the mother of a child who had died shortly after birth in unexplained circumstances. Open verdict returned in circumstances where there was a risk that this would be found to be an unlawful killing.
Please note that this is not a service that we can offer on Legal Aid. Please call to discuss competitive rates. In most cases we can provide the reassurance of a fixed fee.
Contact Richard Posner on 0333 016 3333 to discuss your case.