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An Inquest is a Court Hearing which takes place following an investigation into the circumstances of a person’s death. The Inquest and investigation is presided over by a Coroner.
An investigation is opened when the Coroner has reason to suspect that someone in his/her jurisdiction has either;
- Died a violent or unnatural death; or
- The cause of their death is unknown; or
- The Deceased died whilst in custody or otherwise in State detention.
At the Inquest a Coroner and/or Jury need to establish the answer to 4 questions in relation to the person who has died;
- Who they were;
- Where they died;
- When they died; and
- How they came by their death.
This is a niche area of law and requires the expertise of a solicitor with the relevant specialist knowledge and experience. Minton Morrill has a national reputation for representing bereaved families at inquests, with particular expertise in representing families whose loved ones have died in prison, police custody or psychiatric detention.
Our aim is to ensure that the bereaved family’s voice is heard throughout the inquest process and that they are able to obtain the answers they need in relation to the death of their loved one.
We have close links with INQUEST, a leading UK charity supporting bereaved families at inquests.
Legal Aid funding may be available, please contact our expert team for further information.
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