Coroners are obliged to investigate deaths which occur within their jurisdictions, where these were violent or unnatural, the cause of death is unknown and/or the deaths occurred in custody or otherwise in state detention (Section 1(2), Coroners and Justice Act 2009). The aim of the investigation is to determine who the deceased was; how, when and where they came by their death; and the particulars which need to be registered under the Births and Deaths Registration Act 1953 (Section 5(1), Coroners and Justice Act 2009).
Lucy Wilton appears in The Law Society Gazette saying: "The MoJ’s view seems to be that the presence of lawyers at inquests tends to make the proceedings more adversarial, and that this can only be appropriate in the most serious cases. However, its report rejects the notion of the government and public bodies ‘de-lawyering’ at inquests, on the grounds that this would be unfair to public sector staff whose jobs may be at risk."
Legal aid for inquests: time to level the playing field? is available to read via The Law Society website.
Lucy is a partner in the clinical negligence and personal injury team. Her expertise covers cases involving alleged negligence on the part of hospitals, individual doctors or other medical practitioners (including GPs, private doctors and physiotherapists) and on the part of nursing or care homes. Lucy's work also includes a wide range of personal injury cases, including road traffic and other types of accident.