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How to prepare for an inquest

This film provides more detail on what to expect as a witness in an inquest. It covers from the point you are called to when you give evidence in court on the day.

The purpose of this second film is to describe the process of giving evidence in a Coroner’s court, so that witnesses will know what to expect when attending to give evidence, from when they are asked to when the inquest is completed. One of the aims is to dispel any possible preconceptions about the role of the coroner, and to explain how best a witness can help the coroner and the family of the patient.

Each film explains the role of the coroner’s court and giving evidence from different perspectives.

Gemma Brannigan, an Assistant Coroner covers:

• Purpose of an inquest
• Reason you have been called to give evidence
• How you can prepare yourself for giving evidence
• Professional and legal obligations
• What witnesses should take to court
• How to behave in court

The purpose of these three films is to share insights about inquests, they are intended to be used as a stand-alone product by those called to be a witness as well as integrated as a part of full inquest training package. . We hope they will support all staff working in the NHS who are called to give evidence, so that they can prepare well following the death of a patient in their care.

You can see the other two films in the series here:

A guide, including frequently asked questions, is available to review.

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