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Sudden Death and the Coroner
CORONER'S POST MORTEM AND INQUESTS

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23. Complaints about coroners’
      decisions and verdicts

 

There is no right of appeal against a verdict, but coroners’ decisions made before or during an inquest can be challenged in the High Court. A judicial review, on a point of law, may be allowed within three months of an inquest verdict or an application for a fresh inquest, on procedural grounds or new facts, can be made at any time. Specialist legal advice (Section 21) is essential because of the complex reasons and procedures involved, which should always be started as soon as possible. Costs are high, but legal aid can be available for review proceedings in the High Court.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16      Keep copies of all correspondence and telephone calls.

 

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