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When an inquest is needed
There is a general duty upon every person to report a death to H.M. Coroner if an inquest is likely to be required or, if one or more of the following situation exists; the doctor or registrar must report the death:
  • The deceased was not attended by a doctor during their last illness;
  • The cause of death has not been certified by a doctor who saw the deceased after death or within the 14 days before death;
  • The cause of death is unknown;
  • The registrar believes that the cause of death was unnatural, caused by violence, neglect or abortion, or occurred in suspicious circumstances;
  • Death occurred during surgery or while under anaesthetic;
  • The cause of death was an industrial disease.
  • After an accident or injury.
  • If the death was violent or unnatural - for example, suicide, accident or drug or alcohol overdose.
  • If the death was sudden and unexplained - for instance, a sudden infant death (cot death) or, adult death syndrome.

Anyone who is concerned about the cause of a death can inform a coroner about it, but in most cases a death will be reported to the coroner by a doctor or the police.

 
The coroner must hold an inquest where the death was:
  • Violent or unnatural;
  • Sudden and of unknown cause;
  • In prison or police custody.

Where the cause of death is unknown, the coroner may order a post mortem examination in order to determine whether the death was violent. If the death is found to be non-violent, an inquest is unnecessary.

Juries

A coroner must summon a jury for an inquest if the death occurred in prison or in police custody, or in the execution of a police officer's duty, or if it falls under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 or, if it affects public health or safety.

The coroner can also call a jury at his or her own discretion. This discretion has been heavily litigated in light of the Human Rights Act 1998, which means that juries are required now in a broader range of situations than expressly required by statute.
   
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