Frequently Asked Questions

What happens at an inquest?

Before an inquest is held there is a post-mortem (autopsy) to try and find a cause of death and a Pre Inquest Review (PIR) which sets out what preparation is required before the inquest itself. This includes disclosure of documents, witnesses, the potential date etc and there might be more than one PIR before the inquest is held. At the inquest the Coroner, any interested people and the jury (if there is one) hear all the evidence. The Coroner summarises the evidence then delivers their verdict / findings. If there is a jury then the Coroner summarises the evidence and what different verdicts they can reach before they make their verdict.

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