At Hine Solicitors, we understand that any investigation into a death will be difficult.
A Coroner must investigate a death if there is reason to suspect a violent or unnatural death, where the cause of death is unknown or the death was in custody (for example, the death of a person in prison or at a police station).
As part of the investigation, the Coroner may decide to hold an inquest. This is a hearing, normally in public, either with a jury or with just the Coroner where the circumstances surrounding a death can be considered. However, unlike in the criminal or civil courts, there are no sides, but instead interested parties who may pose questions to witnesses to help the Coroner decide the circumstances of the death.
Helping you with concerns and worries
For the family of a deceased person, an inquest may be the first,and sometimes only,opportunity for concerns or worries to be put to witnesses, but the law of inquests are complex and there are limits to what types of questions can be put and the conclusions that can be drawn.It is therefore important to be prepared well in advance and our solicitors will help you do that. They will guide you through the process, explain what to expect, explain the options the Coroner has and help you present your questions to the witnesses.
If you have information the Coroner believes may help in his or her investigation, they have the power to summons you before the Court to give evidence, this in itself can be a daunting prospect and one we can help guide you through.
No matter what your query in relation to an inquest hearing, contact us for assistance.