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Coroner’s Court Representation
If you are involved in a case that is being referred to the Coroner’s Court for an inquest to determine the cause of death related to you or your business, our solicitors have extensive experience in providing representation during proceedings.
To speak to a solicitor about representation during a coroner’s inquest, contact us today by calling 0800 652 5559. Alternatively, fill in our online enquiry form and we will get back to you at a time convenient for you.
If your matter is urgent, our solicitors can be reached by using our 24-hour legal helpline 0800 804 8186 so you have access to expert legal advice whenever you need it.
Coroners are independent judicial officers funded by local authorities. They have a duty to examine all deaths falling within a local area 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 brought before a full death certificate can be issued.
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.
Reasons Cases are Referred to a Coroner
There are a variety of reasons why a case might be referred to the Coroner’s Court, including the cause of death appears to be unknown or if the death:
- Was sudden or unexpected
- Occurred at work or was caused by an industrial disease
- Happened while a person was detained in police custody, in prison or other state of detention
- Was as a result of criminal behaviour
- Occurred during an operation or before recovery from the effect of an anaesthetic
- Was unnatural
- Was due to violence or neglect
- Was suspicious
A death may also be reported to a coroner if no doctor attended the deceased during their last illness or if a doctor did attend but the deceased was not seen within 14 days before or after death.
Why You Need Legal Representation at Coroner’s Court
You do not necessarily require legal representation if you are an ‘interested party’ of the deceased, for instance, you are a member of their family. However, it is sensible to seek legal council for the following reasons:
- You are concerned about the circumstances in which the death occurred
- It is a complex case where a number of witnesses or experts might be called to provide evidence
- 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 and our rates thereafter are competitive. In some cases, we can provide representation for a fixed fee, but we will always produce regular cost updates so you can plan accordingly.
Why Choose JMW?
Our team has 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 use the services of expert witnesses on a regular basis. These witnesses include medical professionals, engineers and other individuals with specialist knowledge.