Magistrates' Courts as well as dealing with criminal cases also decide on civil matters such as driving offences, parking fines and some debt matters.
PWL can provide legal guidance and advice, court preparation and representation.
Coroners' Courts deal with hearing of evidence in public which is conducted by a Coroner. It follows an investigation and enquiry into the death of a person and it's purpose is to determine the cause of someone’s death. There can be a jury sworn in which depends upon whether that particular person’s death is in the public interest or in the interests of the relatives. Usual types of inquests where there is a jury could be for instance, if the death occurred at work, in police custody or prison or, if there is a risk that further deaths could occur in similar circumstances.
An inquest is not conducted like a trial would be, it establishes the identity of the deceased; how, where and when the death occurred. It does not however establish who was responsible for the persons death, this would be dealt with in civil or criminal courts.
Within these types of cases PWL represents the interests of relatives during the inquests. We can assist with asking questions and examining witnesses on behalf of relatives. This can be a vital time to gather evidence and investigate whether there are grounds to make civil claims against individuals or organisations.
We can also assist where a family disagrees with the outcome of an inquest, and wishes to challenge the coroner’s decision or verdict. This is done by way of an application for judicial review which must be made within 3 months of the inquest.