Attending a coroner's inquest

What do you need to know to prepare for a coroner's inquest? Medico-legal adviser Dr Nicola Lennard offers practical advice in this video.

6 April 2023

Length: 7 minutes

Most doctors have to attend an inquest at some point in their career. Inquests have just one purpose, which is to answer these questions: who was the deceased, and when, where and how did the death occur?

In this video, medico-legal adviser Dr Nicola Lennard explains what you need to know about attending a coroner's inquest, including:

  • legal representation and preparing to act as a witness
  • what to expect at an inquest
  • how to respond to questions
  • court etiquette.

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