The Law Clinic assists bereaved families before and during the inquest process. A dedicated team of students ensure that families are in a strong, informed position at the inquest hearing.
A coroner can decide to hold an inquest if someone has died in violent or unnatural circumstances. The purpose of an inquest is to establish who died, when they died, where they died, and how they died. Bereaved families will be joined to the proceedings as "interested parties", as will others who may have had contact with the deceased before they passed - such as NHS Trusts, GPs, or other organisations. Being an interested party means families have the opportunity to review the disclosed evidence, ask questions of any witnesses, and provide a view on what they consider the coroner's conclusion should be.
The coroner will choose from a number of set conclusions, or can deliver their own narrative conclusion (a short outline on the circumstances that led to the death). The coroner also has a duty to identify where circumstances remain that leave the public at risk, and so can deliver a Preventing Future Death report (PFD) to any organisation who has control of these circumstances.
Legal aid is not available for support and representation at inquests, unless the coroner has determined that Article 2 is engaged. If Article 2 is engaged, then non-means-tested legal aid is available.
For all other inquests, the Law Clinic can provide free of charge advice on the inquest process, review evidence, help you draft your own statements, and even advocate on your behalf in court. Students are supervised by one of our supervising solicitors with extensive inquest experience.
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