Who can attend an inquest?
The inquest is a matter of public record. The public are entitled to attend an inquest and the press can potentially attend too.
All interested parties (people entitled to take part and ask the witnesses questions) are entitled to be represented by lawyers at the inquest or any pre-inquest hearings. However, most inquests are conducted without any lawyers being involved.
What happens after an inquest?
The coroner will register the death with the registrar for the district where the death happened. The family may then apply for a death certificate through the registrar by completing an application form provided at the conclusion of the inquest.
Some inquests lead to court proceedings and in such cases the inquest will be adjourned. When the accused perpetrator is committed to crown court to be tried, the coroner can issue documentation to enable the death to be formally registered. After the criminal proceedings have been completed the coroner will decide whether the inquest will be resumed or closed.
Inquest files are archived. Information is available to family members and close friends. Contact the coroner service at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01707 292707 with your enquiry.