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When an Inquest might be held

Only a small number of investigations by the Coroner end with an Inquest. There is always an Inquest if the deceased was held in care or the death was caused or contributed to by any action of a member of the Police Force.

There may be an Inquest in other cases if the Coroner believes it is necessary or desirable in all the circumstances. This will usually be because the facts are unclear or there is some issue of public importance (i.e. public health and safety)

Last updated: 15-Jan-2014

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