The next-of-kin will be informed of the date and place of the inquest. The Coroner will decide on the witnesses to be called, however if next-of-kin have information which may be helpful at the inquest, they should communicate this to the Coroner as soon as possible.
Persons with standing may choose to be represented by Counsel or an agent. However, there is no legal requirement for persons with standing to be represented by counsel or an agent. If not represented, those with standing should be aware that Coroner’s Counsel will make every effort to ensure that their questions/concerns are addressed and that they are afforded the opportunity to question the witnesses should they choose to.
Persons with standing may review all evidence including copies of documents, reports, photographs, or other evidence admitted at an inquest. Legal representatives of those persons with standing may receive copies of the documents, reports, photographs, or other evidence with undertaking agreements and conditions. It is at the discretion of the Inquest Coroner to make decisions about which documents or exhibits are relevant as evidence in an inquest.
Usually a Coroner will explain the process before the inquest begins. Witnesses will be called in logical sequence and give evidence under oath. The Coroner will usually also give an opportunity to anyone who wants to withdraw during the evidence of the post mortem examination to do so and to return later.