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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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The medical report of him declared that what little mental faculty he possessed was seriously shaken; nothing satisfactory was extracted from him at the adjourned inquest, and for aught I know to the contrary, he may never have recovered to this day.
I returned to the hotel at Welmingham so jaded in body and mind, so weakened and depressed by all that I had gone through, as to be quite unfit to endure the local gossip about the inquest, and to answer the trivial questions that the talkers addressed to me in the coffee-room.
But I was bound to appear, if called on, at the adjourned inquest, and doubly bound to answer my bail before the magistrate at Knowlesbury.
All the proceedings at the inquest had been reported in the local paper that morning--there was nothing I could tell her which she did not know already.
There was to be an inquest on Leonard's' body tomorrow, and the police required his son to attend.
I understand, however, from the inquest that there were some objects which you failed to overlook?
I confess that this notebook, which did not appear at the inquest, modifies any views which I may have formed.
I read at the inquest a description of his cabin, in which it stated that the old logbooks of his vessel were preserved in it.
Is much applauded and encouraged; goes out of the room as Swills; comes in as the coroner (not the least in the world like him); describes the inquest, with recreative intervals of piano-forte accompaniment, to the refrain: With his (the coroner's) tippy tol li doll, tippy tol lo doll, tippy tol li doll, Dee!
That should have resulted in inquests, which were originally opened in 1974, being properly concluded, but they were never resumed.
April 18, 1990 South Yorkshire Coroner Dr Stefan Popper begins the first inquests in Sheffield.
David Eden, Regional Supervising Coroner for inquests, today announced that an inquest will be held into the death of Arlindo Freitas.