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Inquests into Deaths in Prison


The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) conducts a report into the death of anyone detained in prison. They will send that report to the coroner who will conduct an inquest into the death of the detainee.


If you are bereaved by a death which occurred in custody, it can be an incredibly difficult time for you when faced with processing an inquest.


Duncan Lewis Action Against Public Authorities solicitors have in-depth understanding of the way in which the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman conducts investigations and understand the way coroner’s inquests work


There are various classifications that are given to deaths that occur when someone is detained in prison. These include:


  • Self-inflicted death
  • Non self-inflicted death
  • Unnatural causes / other
  • Restraint
  • Homicide / murder


The inquest will aim to define which of the above categories resulted in the individual’s death, whilst outlining external factors which may have influenced the circumstances around the death.


If you have lost someone who was detained in prison, you are entitled to professional representation during the inquest into their death. Our solicitors have extensive experience in handling coroner’s inquests.


We look to support you in this difficult time and prepare and represent you through every stage of the inquest. Should you wish to appeal the result of an inquest, we can appeal on your behalf.


If you require advice on an inquest of a death that took place in a prison, call Duncan Lewis Action Against Public Authorities solicitors on 0333 772 0409.

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