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inquest,

in law, a body of men appointed by law to inquire into certain matters. The term also refers to the inquiry itself as well as to the findings of the inquiry. The most usual form of inquest today is that conducted by the coronercoroner
, judicial officer responsible for investigating deaths occurring through violence or under suspicious circumstances. The office has been traced to the late 12th cent.
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 to discover the cause of a death that was sudden, violent, or occurred in prison. This inquest is similar to the proceedings of a grand jurygrand jury,
in law, body of persons selected to inquire into crimes committed within a certain jurisdiction. It usually comprises a greater number than the trial, or petit (also, petty) jury, having since early common law days had between 12 and 23 members.
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. Witnesses are called, but a person suspected of guilt is not permitted to make a defense. Natural death, accidental death, suicide, and murder are among the possible findings. Criminal prosecution may follow a verdict of murder or culpable accident.

inquest

an inquiry into the cause of an unexplained, sudden, or violent death, or as to whether or not property constitutes treasure trove, held by a coroner, in certain cases with a jury
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More than a year ago the Lord Chancellor ordered an investigation into allegations of unacceptably long delays in dealing with inquests.
THE unacceptable delay in my daughter's inquest beingheld, was highlighted in your article (''They won't let me find out how my girl died in prison,''April 5, 2004).
But he said that extra support from Cleveland Police meant he had cut his backlog and today the force said he has 55 outstanding cases - with dates for 28 inquests set and 37 more complex cases still being worked on.
So far, the jury has heard 118 days of evidence since the inquests began in March, with testimony from 198 witnesses, including 77 police officers and 49 fans.
Earlier, counsel to the inquests Christina Lambert QC revealed a report into whether lives could have been saved if emergency services had acted differently would be considered.
Coroner Aidan Cotter called for new legislation to ensure inquests are held within a year of a person's death.
The first stage of the inquest into the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed will begin today at a preliminary hearing before Baroness Butler-Sloss.
An investigation was also launched into the long- running complaints of undue delays by Coroner Michael Sheffield in completing inquests.
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INQUESTS into the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales, and her lover Dodi Fayed will go ahead.
He refused a request from Surrey Police which had asked for Pte James' inquest to be heard alongside inquests into the deaths of the other three soldiers.
THE Hillsborough inquests cost more than Inquests cost more than PS6m to set up, it has been PS6m to set up, it has been revealed.