An inquest is a judicial process and a Coroner’s Court is a court of law.
The purpose of an inquest is to establish who the deceased person was and when, where and how they died. An inquest is generally concerned with fact finding and is not a trial or fault finding process.
In certain circumstances however, where a state organisation may have had responsibility for the person who has died, then the scope of the inquest will be wider and the hearing more comprehensive. The inquest will look at the circumstances in which the death occurred, as well as how the person died.
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COVID-19 pandemic service update
We are continuing to hold inquests at Norfolk Coroner's Court, where possible, offering access to the hearings via teleconference or video conference to maintain an open court. To attend an inquest during this period please speak to the Coroner's Officer looking after the case or contact the office at email@example.com for more information.