Coroners’ investigations are limited in nature leaving families seeking answers, as Ben Keith and Benjamin Burge explain

Why is it so difficult to overturn a coroner’s verdict at inquest level? And are coroners entitled to reach the decisions they do with regards the scope of the inquest?

Death affects us all. As family members in an inquest, individuals have the right to know by what means and in what circumstances their loved ones died. This right is contained within section 5(2) of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (CJA 2009). 

As the UK deals with the devastating consequences of covid-19, this right has become even more important. As recent rulings this summer illustrate, when families fail to receive the answers they require or expect, the courts are reluctant to interfere with or overturn the coroner’s verdict. 

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