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  • Anyone been to Coroner's court?

    Due to an incident recently that, for many reasons, I cant go into at this stage, I may be called to coroner's court to give evidence. I was wondering if anyone else has done this, and if so, what was your experience like? I have a rough idea of what happens, and Im not apprehensive about the findings at all, more curious about the proceedings. I have only been to court once before, and that was as a teenager as part of a high school law class to observe some of the process.

    Im guessing this may get a few people wanting to ask questions as to why, but as I said, I dont believe Im at liberty to discuss the reasons at this stage.
    Go soothingly on the grease mud, as there lurks the skid demon! Press the brake foot as you roll around the corners, and save the collapse and tie up.

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    This one time I was in court for...other reasons. I saw some dude get escorted out of the room by the popo when he wouldn't stand as the magistrate walked in.
    And that about sums up my experience with courts. Hope it helped

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    • #3
      You'll get a bit of an instruction as to the basics by a clerk I would imagine. All I know about the court is what I gleam from shows like 'Crown Court' or episodes of 'The Bill'.
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      • #4
        Might be wise to seek some legal council before going and opening your mouth depending how "involved" you are with the fatal accident.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Jamathi View Post
          Might be wise to seek some legal council before going and opening your mouth depending how "involved" you are with the fatal accident.
          Involved or not this probably is not a bad idea.
          A man's dog can live on nothing but anger, the taste of its own balls and smaller dogs.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by MadDocker View Post
            Involved or not this probably is not a bad idea.
            Considered that already, we are provided with free legal counsel (sp?) through work. I was not involved in the fatal action itself, more the response to it.
            Go soothingly on the grease mud, as there lurks the skid demon! Press the brake foot as you roll around the corners, and save the collapse and tie up.

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            • #7
              I've been to court a lot, and coroner's court a couple times.

              If you're unsure what you need to do just ask the court officials to help you. You should however consider why you are being summonsed and who's interest it's in. Coroner's court works slightly different to regular court in that there may well be more than one council representing parties with an interest in the matter.

              What I mean is;

              Normal court - Prosecution and Defense argue their case to the magistrate (or judge and jury) who render a decision.

              Coroner's court - The Magistrate, who is there to oversee the proceedings and provide findings. The crown, to seek information into the death and potentially identify sufficient evidence to pursue a criminal charge, and other various interested parties' council who also can call and examine witnesses on their client's behalf (i.e. people who may be involved in the death, or key witnesses).

              Jamathi hit the nail on the head though. Find out who's calling you and for what reason, and get your own legal advice to protect your interests. The party calling you as a witness may not be your friend, and is certainly not acting as your council, and therefore have no interest in protecting your interests.

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              • #8
                the coroners only thing is to look at why a person died. They cannot decide an offence has been committed. at the end of that process they can refer to DPP for criminal investigation, but more often than not, it's looking for the reason, no more no less. Legal advice is a good idea for the reasons stated above, but mainly because it's all under oath and on public record so can be used as evidence if DPP decide its worthy. it's important to note, coroners recommendations are not always taken up.
                the end result is hopefully some answers for the family. Unlike other courts, they try and make it a little less intimidating, but because of the subject matter, it's usually all very serious.
                on bike content....we dont have front number plates because of a coroners recommendation.
                euphoric, ZRX1200R, XSR900, XR400

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