Inquests: Who, when, where and how?
£1,695.00* Price is per group unless stated
Often perceived as little more than an administrative hearing, it is vital that those invited to participate and engage in an inquest take steps to manage the presentation of evidence during proceedings and consider the potential for adverse findings to be made.
Although the Coroners Rules expressly prohibit a Coroner from making any determination of civil or criminal liability, Coroners are far from being toothless. Should a Coroner consider that the circumstances of a death may be repeated, a Prevention of Future Deaths report can be issued requiring a duty holder to take steps to prevent a recurrence. These Reports are matters of public record and can cause reputational damage.
In addition, any findings made by a Coroner during an inquest may pique regulatory interest and influence future enforcement action, including the decision to prosecute.
This course provides companies with an in-depth knowledge as to the scope, extent and purpose of inquests, and how best to manage the presentation of information so as to minimise the potential for an adverse or detrimental outcome.
- – Scope and purpose of inquests:
- What is an inquest?
- When are they required?
- What are the questions to be addressed?
- What is the role of a Coroner?
- – Inquest procedure, including:
- Representation and conflict;
- Evidence; and
- – Prevention of Future Deaths reports;
- – Interplay between inquests and other regulatory investigations/ litigation; and
- – Compassionate considerations when attending an inquest.
Who should attend?
This course is of general application and can be tailored for any industry sector but may be of particular interest to those in the care sector. It is aimed at those who may have involvement in inquests including those companies and individuals requiring legal representation, or those called to give evidence as a witness. As such it is likely to appeal to:
- Health and safety directors and managers;
- HR professionals;
- In-house lawyers; and
- Operational managers and supervisors.