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inquest

 [in´kwest]
a legal inquiry before a coroner or medical examiner, and usually a jury, into the manner of death.

in·quest

(in'kwest),
A legal inquiry into the cause of sudden, violent, or mysterious death.
[L. in, in, + quaero, pp. quaesitus, to seek]

inquest

A public inquiry into death which, under English law, is held to establish:
(1) the identity of the deceased,
(2) the date and
(3) place of death and
(4) the circumstances surrounding the death (including the medical cause of death).

in·quest

(in'kwest)
A legal inquiry into the cause of sudden, violent, or mysterious death.
[L. in, in, + quaero, pp. quaesitus, to seek]

inquest

A judicial inquiry usually into the cause of a death. Inquests are presided over by coroners who are either barristers, solicitors or medical practitioners. Inquests are held in cases of violent or unnatural death, deaths in prison, deaths from industrial disease or poisoning and in other cases of death in which the coroner has discretion as whether or not to hold an inquest. A jury may or may not be called.
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"If an inquest is going to be heard closer to the community, it should be heard by coroners from Oxford or Wiltshire, not by the local coroner, because the Oxford and Wiltshire coroners carry the required expertise with them.
INQUEST's WORK SINCE THE EARLY 1980S WITH FAMILIES BEREAVED AFTER DEATHS in custody in the U.K.
From 1999 to 2004, newspapers across Canada covered the coroner's inquest into the death of Lana Dale Lewis, who suffered a fatal stroke in Toronto, Ontario on September 12, 1996.
TORONTO -- Community Living Ontario again issued a call for an inquest into deaths of residents of Oaklands Regional Centre after the second death within a year of a resident of the institution.
A COVENTRY couple looking for justice over the death of their son say they will never get over what happened but are hoping for some answers from an inquest.
THE Royal Coroner is fighting for a change in the law which could PREVENT an inquest into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales from taking place.
Yet, as the author argues, few people, including mediaeval historians, have fully mastered the subtleties and complexities of the 'book' and the 'inquest' which gave rise to it, 'The Domesday inquest attests a king working with his barons and with the shires to a common end, albeit with an eye to striking as hard a bargain as he could'.
LOBBYING FROM BELOW: INQUEST IN DEFENCE OF CIVIL LIBERTIES.
Because of the volume of cases in Housing Court, it is quite easy to settle a case or conduct an inquest without collecting legal fees.
'This is because the inquest on the death of Muhammad Adib, which began in February, is proceeding smoothly,' she said in response to the insistence of Parti Bumiputera Perkasa Malaysia (Putra) yesterday that the government set up an RCI immediately with the reason that the current inquest was now in doubt.
A senior coroner has urged more than 100 legal experts to always put the family at the heart of an inquest.