If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of the inquest there are two methods by which the coroner’s decision can be challenged but the grounds for doing so are complex and advice should be sought from a lawyer with expertise in this area of the law.

One method is an application to the High Court for judicial review of a decision, but this must normally be done within three months of completion of the inquest. There is also a separate power under section 13 of the Coroner’s Act 1988 by which the Attorney-General may initiate an application to the High Court for an inquest to be held if a Coroner has neglected or refused to hold one, or for another inquest to be held on the grounds that it is necessary or desirable.
Once a coroner has reached a conclusion at the end of an inquest the Coroner is functus officio, i.e. the coroner ceases to have any further jurisdiction in the case and cannot re-open it, re-hear it or amend the conclusion. Anyone wishing to challenge the conclusion must do so by one or the other of the above methods.