If you need advice about a death of your relative, you can contact the casework team here.
For a list of useful organisations, see the links page.
Relevant Acts of Parliament and related legislation
Coroners Act 1988
Coroners Rules 1984
CoronerThe legal official who orders a post-mortem and who is in charge of the inquest procedure.’s (Amendment) Rules 2008 (PDF)
Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
The Human Rights ActThe Human Rights Act 1998 is an Act of Parliament that incorporated the European Convention on Human Rights into UK law. 1998
The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007
The Coroners and Justice Act 2009
Inquests – a practitioners guide (2nd edition) – Leslie Thomas, Adam Straw and Danny Friedman. 2007, published by the Legal Action Group
Jervis on Coroners (12th edition) – Paul Matthews. 2002, published by Sweet and Maxwell
Levine on Coroners’ Courts – Sir Montague Levine and James Pyke. 1999, published by Sweet and Maxwell
CoronerThe legal official who orders a post-mortem and who is in charge of the inquest procedure.’s Courts – a guide to law and practice (2nd edition) – Christopher Dorries. 2004, published by the Oxford University Press
INQUEST books, journals and reports:
Unlocking the Truth – Families’ Experience of the Investigation of Deaths in Custody
How the inquest system fails bereaved people
Death Certification and Investigation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland – The Report of a Fundamental Review. 2003, published by The Stationery Office
Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody report on a family listening day.