You have the right to represent yourself or have someone advocate on your behalf at a Pre-Inquest Review Hearing (PIR) and/or Inquest.

You may find it helpful to agree and appoint one person in the family or a family friend to be spokesperson for the family at the hearing.

You should also inform the Coroner that you were unable to acquire legal representation and that the family have agreed to a family member/friend to be a spokesperson on behalf of the family.

Representing yourself at an inquest should be the last resort, please ensure you have explored every avenue before making this decision.

Please find a list of organisation who may be able to assist: and download a copy of the INQUEST Handbook.