The Inquest Handbook

The Inquest HandbookIf someone you know has died, or you are helping someone you know deal with a death where an inquest is to be held, The Inquest Handbook will give you information about the inquest procedure and what will happen after a sudden, violent or unnatural death.

Developed in collaboration with other specialist advice agencies and bereaved people who have been through the difficult circumstances of a death involving a coroner’s inquest, The Inquest Handbook is the fully revised and redesigned second edition of INQUEST’s comprehensive guide to the coroners’ inquest system in England and Wales.

Written in informal language in a question and answer format, it is clear and easy to understand. The Inquest Handbook contains information and advice on:

There is also a comprehensive contacts section listing other sources of help and information, further reading and a directory of voluntary, government and professional organisations.

Specialist sections deal with contentious deaths including: in police custody or following police contact; in prison; and of detained psychiatric patients.

Also included is information about inquests following work-related deaths and deaths involving poor medical treatment in hospital or the community.

Published by INQUEST January 2011, 104pp, paperback.
ISBN 978 0 946858 25 5

Read the Handbook online

The online version of the handbook can be read here. Please note: following the implementation in July 2013 of the new coroners rules and regulations as part of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009, INQUEST has produced a note explaining some of the changes, to be read in conjunction with the Handbook. Please download it here.

Ordering copies of the Handbook

Copies of the the Handbook are available free to any bereaved person from the INQUEST office and can also be read online.

Advice agencies/CABs can request copies to pass on to bereaved people at a cost of £2.00 for administration and postage costs in the UK. Please contact INQUEST directly for costs for delivery outside the United Kingdom or for large bulk orders.

Statutory organisations and individuals such as academics and researchers can order copies at a cost of £10.00 each including postage and packing in the UK using the buttons below.

The Inquest Handbook – for advice agencies/CABs/etc (£2.00 per copy):

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