Evidence under oath
Witnesses at an inquest must give evidence under oath (or affirmation) unless they are too young to do so.
The coroner may decide to read one or more witness statements or reports out at the inquest without the witness having to attend at the Coroner’s Court. In particular, if the coroner considers the evidence in a statement or report is not likely to be disputed.
The rules require a coroner to make a recording of the inquest proceedings. The duty to record proceedings relates to the main inquest hearing and any pre-inquest review hearings.
Assessing the evidence after the inquest
Once the facts are public knowledge it is often easier to assess any possible liability for negligence.