The coroner might decide themselves that an adjournment is necessary, or one of the Interested Persons in the inquest might request an adjournment.

There are several reasons why an inquest might be adjourned, such as:

  • You haven’t had enough time to instruct lawyer and get legal advice;
  • You haven’t had enough time to apply for legal aid funding;
  • You haven’t yet received important disclosure (such as investigation reports, hospital records or CCTV);
  • The coroner decides that they need to call certain witnesses or request an expert;
  • The coroner decides that some further investigations or enquiries need to be carried out;
  • You need to submit further written evidence and the coroner agrees it is necessary; or
  • You want to make submissions to the coroner on the scope of the inquest.