Inquests

Inquests

An inquest is a form of investigation or inquiry which may be held, in certain circumstances, into a person’s death. Its aim is not to apportion blame, although factual findings at an inquest can have an important bearing on any civil proceedings. The purpose of an inquest is to determine who died, and when, where and how they died. Inquests can involve a broad range of people and organisations and entities in seeking to establish the answers to those questions.

In Jersey, an inquest is conducted by either the Viscount or Deputy Viscount, acting in the same role as a coroner would in England. An inquest will often involve the provision of evidence by those interested in it, whether in writing or by live witness testimony.

When faced with an inquest, it is important it is dealt with sensitively and appropriately. Our team, led by Managing Partner David Benest and Partner Jeremy Heywood, has extensive experience in advising and assisting those parties interested in an inquest through the process, including appearing at the hearing.

Whether acting for the family of the deceased, or for individual doctors, or other witnesses who were connected to the deceased, or for companies who may have been the employer of the deceased, ora health or care provider), or the manufacturer of goods or products thought to be connected with the death, our team has unrivalled expertise and experience.

Whether you are an organisation or private individual, and whatever your involvement or connection to the death of the deceased, we will be by your side throughout the entire process. We will ensure that your voice is heard and your rights are protected.

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