APIL campaigns for legal aid at Inquests
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) are currently engaged in a campaign to allow grieving families, who wish to have an inquest into the death of a family member, to have access to Legal Aid.
At MTB we would fully endorse this. Without proper legal representation families often face an “inequality of arms” and they would greatly benefit from legal advice, assistance and guidance through what is a very stressful and emotional process. Proper legal representation ensures that:
- The families concerns are properly investigated and addressed;
- The families can be properly advised, and prepared, as to what the process will entail;
- The families can be prepared for the potential findings of the Coroner;
- The correct witnesses are called; and
- All relevant materials are considered;
The procedures and law in the Coroner’s Court can be complex. There is no right of appeal against a coroner’s decision but the decision can be judicially reviewed. Unrepresented families may be unaware of this option if they are unhappy with the decision made by the coroner.
In an article in The Times at the weekend, APIL president Brett Dixon called for the playing field to be levelled. He said, “It has taken some very high-profile tragedies, and atrocities, for this injustice for grieving families to be taken seriously and this must not be another missed opportunity to put it right”.
If you would like any further information, please call us on 02890329801 and one of our team will be happy to help.