A coroner’s duty is to find out how, when and where the deceased came by his or her death. It is not about blame; that is dealt with by others such as the civil and criminal courts.
The coroner has a duty to investigate and make recommendations if there is a finding that any death could have been prevented. It is important to ensure that no one else has to go through the agony of bereavement in these circumstances and making sure that the coroner is able to discover the full facts behind a death and help prevent any similar deaths in the future.
If an inquest into the death of someone close to you is held, you will want to know whether you can ask the questions you have about your loved one’s death. Questions can be asked by a ‘properly interested person’ or their representative.
A ‘properly interested person’ can a parent, spouse, child, civil partner or partner. In addition they can also be any person whose action or failure may have contributed to the death. This could be government bodies such as the NHS, police force etc or one of the witnesses.
If anyone feels they have a right to be involved in the inquest for whatever reason then they can apply to the coroner to request they are declared as a ‘properly interested person’. This will then give them the right to ask questions of any witness either themselves or through a representative.
Funding an inquest
Legal aid funding is only available for inquests in very exceptional circumstances. Sometimes it is worth obtaining legal expenses insurance to fund your case as an alternative to paying for it yourself. We could also offer competitive fees for privately-funded cases.
We will always work with you to find the best option to suit your circumstances and will offer compassion and support during what can be a traumatic time.
For more information on representation at inquest call our specialist inquest solicitors on 0175 321 5096 or complete our online enquiry form.