Many inquests last only a few hours, but when a person has died in complicated circumstances - especially Article 2 cases - it could take several days, or even a number of weeks.
The inquest is usually opened soon after the death, but the hearing itself will not take place until all investigations to gather evidence have been concluded. On average, these adjournments last a few months - but if more time is needed for the investigations, it could take longer.
The Coroner will issue an interim death certificate to allow the family to hold a funeral and take care of the financial and administrative affairs of the deceased in the meantime.
Coroners have a duty to hold inquests within 6 months of being notified of a death, if possible. If more than 12 months has passed and the inquest has not concluded, they must notify the Chief Coroner.
Because of the very individual nature of the process and every case, there's no certainty how long any inquest will take. We can advise you in this difficult time and make sure you understand what's happening at every step.