The role of the Coroner

The Coroner is informed about the death at an early stage and is responsible for the inquest which is an inquiry into the cause of death.

The Coroner is responsible for ensuring correct identification of the victim and establishing how, when and where the death occurred. Coroners do not apportion blame, but can make

The Inquest

The inquest is a public enquiry into the death. After the inquest has been opened it is adjourned until the Police have gathered all the evidence together and submitted a file to the HM Coroner. The next of kin will be advised of the date, time and venue of the resumed inquest.

The inquest is a public hearing and family and friends can attend as well as the media and any members of the public. Many people choose to attend the inquest as it is an opportunity to find out the full facts surrounding the death. You may wish to contact the Coroner’s office in advance to discuss what will happen at the resumed inquest.

During the inquest the Coroner will call witnesses and will question them about the incident. The inquest can be very distressing as very specific details may be given in evidence and photographs may be shown. It can be helpful to take someone with you.