The impact of COVID-19 on inquests

Posted on 3rd June 2020

Many inquests, in common with many other types of hearings, have had to be adjourned as a result of COVID-19, particularly where a jury is involved. The Chief Coroner of England and Wales issued guidance to coroners, stating inquests which were due to begin between 31 March and 28 August 2020 and involved a jury had to be adjourned. Pre-inquest reviews are being adjourned too, meaning further delays are being caused to more complex cases.