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Who can participate in a Coroner’s investigation?

The persons entitled to participate in a Coroner’s investigation are those who the Coroner considers to fall within the definition of "interested persons" as defined in the Coroners and Justice Act. 

The Act lists the following persons as being “interested persons” for the purposes of a Coroner’s Investigation:
  • a spouse, civil partner, partner, parent, child, brother, sister, grandparent, grandchild, child of a brother or sister, stepfather, stepmother, half-brother or half-sister;
  • a personal representative of the deceased;
  • a person who may by any act or omission have caused or contributed to the death of the deceased, or whose employee or agent may have done so;

“Interested persons” therefore include a wide range of relatives and persons who were close to the deceased who will be able participate in an investigation into their loved one’s death. 
In addition, those who may be potentially implicated in a death also have a right to participate in a Coroner’s investigation and be represented at an Inquest hearing.  

The rights of an interested person to participate at an Inquest include:
  • The right to be notified of an Inquest date within one week of the date being set. 
  • The right to be provided with any document held by the Coroner that is requested (unless the Coroner considers such a request unreasonable or there is another lawful reason not to disclose).
  • The right to ask questions of any witness giving evidence at the Inquest . 

The rights of an interested person to participate at an Inquest include:
  • The right to be notified of an Inquest date within one week of the date being set.
  •  The right to be provided with any document held by the Coroner that is requested (unless the Coroner considers such a request unreasonable or there is another lawful reason not to disclose).
  • The right to ask questions of any witness giving evidence at the Inquest.

For more information please contact Suzanne White on 020 7650 1200 at Leigh Day for information and support about inquests.

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