An inquest is a form of investigation or inquiry which may be held, in certain circumstances, into a person’s death. An inquest is held where the death of the person was unexpected or where there is a suspicion that it might have been the result of violence, negligence, misconduct or malpractice. In Jersey the role of the coroner is filled by the Viscount or Deputy Viscount. A jury can be empanelled but usually an inquest will proceed without one.
The aim of an inquest 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 met their death. The A broad range of people, organisations and entities might be ‘interested’ in the inquest. Any party who is ‘sufficiently interested’ in the inquest in the opinion of the Viscount is entitled to attend and to be legally represented.
An inquest can be difficult and unfamiliar for those concerned. Whether you are a family member, a medical practitioner, an employer, a health care provider, a manufacturer of goods possibly connected to the death, or any other interested party, it is important to have the right help to navigate through the process. Our team of specialist lawyers has extensive experience in advising and assisting those parties interested in an inquest throughout the proceedings, including appearing at the hearing. We deal with matters sensitively but robustly.
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.