Manchester City Council

Births, marriages, deaths & nationality The inquest system

Will there be a jury?

At most inquests there is no jury and the Coroner decides the conclusion on their own.

However, occasionally a jury is needed.  This will happen if your relative died in custody of an unnatural cause, or if their death was linked to their own or someone else's actions while at work, or to certain health and safety issues.  The Coroner may also decide to use a jury in other cases because they feel it would be helpful or in the public interest.  If there will be a jury at your relative's inquest, your Case Officer will let you know well beforehand.

If there is a jury, it does not significantly change how the inquest runs.  You will notice them in court while all the witnesses give their evidence.  At the end of the inquest, instead of the Coroner deciding the conclusion, they will give the jury a choice of possible conclusions and they jury will select the one they feel best fits the facts.

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