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Deaths In Custody

Deaths In Custody

Inquest when a death has occurred in custody


If your loved one was in custody of an institution or public authority when they died, there will be an inquest into their death. Each public authority has a different way of investigating a death which occurs in their custody, which can be incredibly confusing for you and your family.


When a death has occurred in custody when an individual was lawfully detained, an inquest will be conducted to investigate the nature of that death.

Duncan Lewis Action Against Public Authorities solicitors have specialist experience dealing with a range of public authorities when an inquest is being held into the death of an individual in their custody. We understand the processes involved in a Coroner’s inquest and we are able to advise you on every stage of the inquest.


Which public authority relates to me?


It is essential you understand the way a Coroner’s inquest is investigated within the relevant public authority where the death of your loved one occurred. Whilst the individual in question is in the custody of a public authority, it is their responsibility to ensure the safety and security of your loved one, so when that loved one dies in their care, it is their duty to make sure an inquest gets underway immediately to properly record the circumstances which led to that death.


At Duncan Lewis’ Action Against Public Authorities department we provide advice and services on deaths investigated by certain public authorities:

  • Inquests into deaths in police custody or during an arrest ;
  • Inquests into deaths which occurred whilst detained in prison ;
  • Inquests into deaths which took place when detained in an immigration detention centre ; and
  • Inquests into deaths which took place whilst detained in a psychiatric hospital or mental health institution .


If you do not see the correct public authority listed above, it is possible that the death occurred in a different sort of circumstance. Please refer to Inquests into Other Deaths  for our alternate services available.


Duncan Lewis Action Against Public Authorities solicitors are here to support you and represent you during an inquest into the death of a loved one.


For advice on this, or any other issue in regards to treatment by a public authority, contact us on 0333 772 0409.

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