Coroner's inquests

Our guide about coroner’s inquests, which are public hearings in which a coroner will determine how, where and when a person died

MDDUS | Giving evidence coroner
  • Date: 19 October 2022
Doctors and other healthcare professionals can be involved in inquests in a variety of ways. This medical advisory guide explains what a CI is, by outlining the purpose, the process, and the various roles of those involved.  

You might have heard of different terminology associated with CIs, such as a Witness of Fact, Interested Person, Pre-Inquest Review Hearing and Prevention of Future deaths report (or Regulation 28 report). This guide explains how these terms fit within the CI process, and any implication these terms have for you. The guide also outlines situations in which CIs will be held, how they are conducted and their purpose. 

This medical advisory guide will assist you if you have been contacted by the coroner for a report or statement, or have been called to attend a CI. Our guide offers practical general advice, and signposts where to get further help and support. If you are asked to attend to give evidence in person, it is advisable to contact MDDUS for advice as early into the process as possible.   

This guide is a useful tool for anyone wanting to learn more about CIs, as well as offering general advice and support for those personally involved.  As a benefit of membership with MDDUS, the guide is free for you to download and refer back to whenever needed.  

This page was correct at the time of publication. Any guidance is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.

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