What happens at an inquest?
What does it mean?
Witnesses and experts at an inquest are sworn in before they speak or read statements.
This means they must tell the truth.
A Coroner is in charge of the inquest, they are responsible for everything that happens in the courtroom.
Witnesses and experts speak or read statements. Statements might include the post mortem report written by the pathologist.
The Coroner can ask the witnesses and experts questions and the immediate family can ask relevant questions or get their lawyer to.
The Coroner might comment on how the death occurred.
The Coroner might also make recommendations where they could help stop someone else dying in a similar way in the future.