Information about deceased persons is not covered by Data Protection. However we still consider their dignity and privacy when sharing information. Disclosure of the Coroner's file of evidence will only be given to Interested Persons, prior to the inquest to allow them time to prepare. This always includes the family of the deceased and can include hospital Trusts an other agencies. Disclosure is made up of reports, statements and medical records only. We carefully prepare the disclosure pack so that personal information about living people is never shared.
Inquests are held in open court and members of the public are entitled to attend. The conclusion of the inquest is a matter of public record and any person can request a copy of a death certificate from the Registrars Office.
Information about living people is covered by the GDPR in the usual way. If we take personal information from you such as your contact details etc. we will let you know how it will be used and how long we will keep it. We will only take the information we really need.
Some information, such as the personal details of witnesses, forms part of the Coroner's file of evidence. It is not disposed of after the inquest because the file must be retained in its complete form. If the Coroner were to allow disclosure from the file in the future - for example if the family made a civil claim - information about living people would never be shared.
If you have any questions or concerns about how we use your data, please contact the office at any time. Our details can be found in the contact tab above.