What is an inquest?

What is an inquest? Fatal accident solicitors: An inquest is a judicial enquiry which is held to determine how a person has died. This is held in public. Inquests are generally conducted if a person dies suddenly or the death is unexplainable. Before an inquest takes place, the coroner must inform the deceased’s next of kin and personal representative (if applicable) that an inquest is due to take place. The verdict from an inquest can be; suicide, natural death, murder, misadventure or accidental death. An inquest can establish who has died and where and when they died. An inquest will not however, determine who has caused the death of the deceased. If a family is concerned that an inquest is needed, the coroner must be notified immediately, along with legal advice in order to proceed with investigations. Inquests tend to be held very shortly after the death in order to record the deceased’s identity. This will be held in the coroner’s office rather than a court room. Following this meeting, it is difficult to say when the full hearing will take place as this depends on a number of factors, including the geographical area and the circumstances surrounding the death. If there are various investigations also taking place it can be a number of years before the inquest takes place. ADVICE ON INQUESTS AND CORONERS For further information please click on the link above which provides answers to the common questions asked about Inquests and Coroners.

Posted: October 16, 2013 at 9:00 am


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