Coroners' Inquests

Representing clients at Coroners' Inquests

An inquest is a judicial enquiry to ascertain the facts surrounding an individual’s death.


An inquest will seek to answer the following questions: who the deceased was; when and where they died; the medical cause of death; and, how they came about their death?


The last question is usually the most important one as it is the one that will, regardless of your perspective, cause the most amount of anxiety.


The parties to an inquest will inevitably have different agendas; you may be a relative of the deceased, who has serious concerns about the care they received leading up to their death and may suspect that something may not have been done correctly.  It cannot be a blaming exercise, but at the same time it can seek to highlight accountability.


Conversely, you may be a professional who was charged with the task of looking after the deceased in the time leading up to their death and who is now facing questions regarding your professional standards.  The evidence that is given at an inquest can sometimes lead to a referral to a professional body (we can also assist with this in the event it becomes an issue).


Or, alternatively, you may be an organisation that has an overall responsibility for the deceased and will be looking to ensure that the organisation’s reputation is preserved.  Also, you may have one eye on a potential civil claim that may arise out of the death.


Regardless of your position in the inquest process, the team at Short Richardson and Forth can assist you in initially securing Interested Person status. 


Thereafter, we can assist you through what can often be an arduous process with a view to ensuring that your interests are properly represented at the Inquest.


For an initial chat and to discuss matters including funding, please contact the Regulatory Team at Short Richardson and Forth.