The Coroners Ordinance (Cap 504), empowers the Coroners Court to inquire into the causes and circumstances of certain deaths. Inquests into the death of a person may be held with or without a jury under the Ordinance.
Members of Liberty Chambers have extensive experience in advising upon and appearing at such Inquests where contentious issues as to the cause of death may arise. Interested parties are entitled to be legally represented at the Inquest and with the leave of the Coroner; witnesses called at the Inquest can be examined and cross-examined.
Legal representation is often requested by the family of the deceased, medical practitioners, hospitals and pharmaceutical manufacturers.
The Coroner must adjourn an inquest and refer the matter to the Secretary for Justice where it appears that a criminal offence of murder, manslaughter, infanticide or death by dangerous driving may have been committed by any person.