Coroner’s Court Representation

Coroners are independent judicial officers funded by local authorities. They are under a duty to examine all deaths falling within their local area and to determine the cause of death. In most cases a death certificate can be issued by the deceased’s GP or a hospital doctor, but in some instances there needs to be an inquest and a formal verdict before a full death certificate can be issued. 

Cases might be referred to the Coroner’s Court for a variety of reasons, including if the death was sudden or unexpected, it occurred at work or while a person was being detained in police custody.

How we can help

JMW’s expert solicitors have extensive experience in dealing with technical issues arising in the Coroner’s Court. Solicitors from a number of our departments deal with coroner cases, and we also engage the services of expert witnesses on a regular basis. These witnesses include medical professionals, engineers and other individuals with specialist knowledge.

If you require the services of our solicitors in a case which is being referred to a Coroner’s Court, call us now on 0800 652 5559 to discuss the situation. You can also fill in our online enquiry form and a member of our team will get back to you.

 

Coroner's Court Representation

Do I need legal representation at a coroner’s court?

You do not need to be legally represented if you are an “interested party” – for instance if you are a family member of the deceased. However, it is sensible to seek legal advice if:

  • You are concerned as to the circumstances in which the death occurred
  • It is a complex case where a number of witnesses or expert evidence might be called
  • There might be a need for an independent post-mortem
  • There might be grounds for a claim for compensation against a person or organisation involved

Our initial interviews are free of charge. Our rates thereafter are very competitive and we produce regular costs updates. Some matters can be undertaken for a fixed fee.

Why are cases referred to coroners?

Generally speaking, deaths which cannot be simply or obviously explained, and could be down to criminal behaviour, an accident or neglect, will be dealt with by a Coroner’s Court.

Coroners may ask a pathologist to examine a body and carry out a post-mortem, and in some cases – usually where it is suspected that the victim died a violent or unnatural death – there may be a subsequent inquest.

An inquest is a limited, fact-finding enquiry to establish who has died and how, when and where the death occurred. It does not establish any matter of liability or blame.

A death may be reported to a coroner where it appears that:

  • No doctor attended the deceased during his or her last illness
  • Although a doctor attended during the last illness, the deceased was not seen either within fourteen days before death nor after death
  • The cause of death appears to be unknown
  • The death occurred during an operation or before recovery from the effects of an anaesthetic
  • The death occurred at work or was due to an industrial disease or poisoning
  • The death was sudden or unexpected
  • The death was unnatural
  • The death was due to violence or neglect
  • The death was in other suspicious circumstances
  • The death occurred in prison, police custody or other state of detention

Get in touch

If you require the legal services of our solicitors in a Coroner’s Court case, or are looking for Coroner's Court representation in Manchester, London and other areas, call us now on 0800 652 5559 to discuss the situation. You can also fill in our online enquiry form and one of our team will be in touch.



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