A woman who needed to attend a three day inquest into her mother’s death was asked to pay £1,000 for use of a room during the hearing. This was later reduced to £324 after protests from her solicitor. After fighting to obtain Legal Aid for the inquest, the Legal Aid Agency declined to pay for the family room (news article)
We at Howells frequently assist families with inquests and representation as they look to get answers into the circumstances of their love one’s death. It is a difficult process at best and Legal Aid is rarely available for families to have the same representation the public bodies have present at the inquest. Then in addition when the local council look to charge the family for use of a room to retire to between witnesses or during breaks is totally unreasonable.