What Happens At An Inquest?

What Happens At An Inquest Hearing?

This post is written for families and friend who have lost a loved one due to the following:

A post-mortem examination will be established following the death to establish cause.  It is important to note that the Coroner’s hearing is held not to apportion blame but to consider the facts as presented to the at court by the Police, experts and witnesses in particular.

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The Coroner has wide powers of investigation and can issue a burial order or cremation certificate pending the Coroner’s Court Hearing. The Coroner does not have to wait to the end of the investigations.  The Inquest Hearing will simply be opened to allow for practical matters such an an interim death certificate to be issued and for the body to be laid to rest.  The Inquest Hearing will then be resumed once the evidence has been obtained.

Who Can Attend a Inquest Hearing?

Generally any relevant witnesses to establish the cause of death, relatives, Police, experts to called to help the Coroner, fatal accident solicitors.  As the Inquest Hearing is held in public it open also to journalists.

When Should an Inquest Hearing Be Held?

The aim for most Inquest Hearings are that it should take place within 6 months from the date of death.  However this is not always achieved which can be due to many factors such as the complexity of the investigations and if the any possible defendant disputes any charges made by The Police via the Crown Prosecution Service.

Can I Obtain Advice by Fatal Accident Solicitors?

What happens at an Inquest is important as it is the only way relatives can obtain at an early stage what happened and how their loved one lost their life.  It is an official verdict and made public.  The implications can be crucial to establish the cause of death as the factual decision is helpful to establish other legal implications that can follow such as compensation for a fatal accident.

Many Inquest Hearings held by Coroners that the fatal accident solicitor attend are mainly due to the following:

If there is likely to be a possible defendant to blame in whole or in part as fatal accident solicitors we can help you with the investigation with the police and the Coroner to ensure that every relevant factors are taken into account.


Obtaining free advice from expert fatal accident solicitors takes the stress and worry away from relatives at the most difficult time of their lives.  We are hear to help you every step of the way.

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Fatal accident solicitors and compensation claims are our specialism.  From helping families get to the truth of what happened to attend the Inquest Hearing and finally an award of compensation.  What happens at an Inquest Hearing is only the start of a journey that can take many twists and turns.  Whatever the evidence or complexity we are right here to help you.

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Posted: September 25, 2016 at 1:36 pm