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What is an inquest?

An inquest is an inquiry that establishes the facts surrounding a death. It answers the questions: who, when, where, and how. The inquest is run by the coroner and held before a jury. It is usually a public inquiry open to anyone who wants to attend.

At the end of the inquest the jury will issue its findings and may make recommendations to prevent similar deaths.

Though inquests are distressing, many families want to know how their family member died. This can be helpful in working through the grief.

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