The word “verdict” is no longer used because that is used in criminal proceedings.
Verdicts are now known as conclusions.
Conclusions may not be framed in such a way as to appear to determine any question of:
- criminal liability on the part of a named person; or
- civil liability.
Generally, the Coroner uses one of the short-form conclusion from the following list:
- Accident or misadventure
- Alcohol or drug related
- Industrial disease
- Lawful or unlawful killing
- Natural causes
- Road traffic collision
As an alternative, or in addition to one of the short-form conclusions above, the coroner (or jury) may give a narrative conclusion.
The inquest proceedings are recorded. It is possible to obtain a copy of the recording on a CD.
Information obtained at the inquest can be very useful when assessing a claim for medical negligence.