If someone you know has died, or you are helping someone you know deal with a death where an inquest is to be held, The Inquest Handbook will give you information about the inquest procedure and what will happen after a sudden, violent or unnatural death.
Developed in collaboration with other specialist advice agencies and bereaved people who have been through the difficult circumstances of a death involving a coronerThe legal official who orders a post-mortem and who is in charge of the inquest procedure.’s inquest, The Inquest Handbook is the fully revised and redesigned second edition of INQUEST’s comprehensive guide to the coroners’ inquest system in England and Wales.
Written in informal language in a question and answer format, it is clear and easy to understand. The Inquest Handbook contains information and advice on:
• what happens after a sudden death;
• post-mortem(also postmortem) A medical examination to determine the cause of death, also called an autopsy. examinations and the rights of bereaved people;
• the process before and during an inquest, including when you may need legal advice and how to find and fund it;
• coping with a death and an inquest.
There is also a comprehensive contacts section listing other sources of help and information, further reading and a directory of voluntary, government and professional organisations.
Specialist sections deal with contentious deaths including: in police custody or following police contact; in prison; and of detained psychiatric patients.
Also included is information about inquests following work-related deaths and deaths involving poor medical treatment in hospital or the community.
Published by INQUEST January 2011, 104pp, paperback. ISBN 978 0 946858 25 5
Read the Handbook online
The online version of the handbook can be read here:
- Section 1: What is an inquest and how can this guide help you?
- Section 2: Your rights and the body of your relative
- Section 3: Legal advice
- Section 4: The inquest
- Section 5: Particular circumstances of death – what else do you need to know?
- Section 6: Coping with a death and an inquest
- Section 7: Can campaigning help?
- Section 8: Further help and information
Ordering copies of the Handbook
Copies of the the Handbook are available free to any bereaved person from the INQUEST office and can also be read online.
Advice agencies/CABs can request copies to pass on to bereaved people at a cost of £2.00 for administration and postage costs in the UK. Please contact INQUEST directly for costs for delivery outside the United Kingdom or for large bulk orders.
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