Why families need legal representation at inquests

I am pleased to see the High Court has given permission for a judicial review of the government’s policy on legal aid funding for inquests.

Joanna Letts, whose brother Christopher died after being hit by a train in Tooting, South London, in 2013, claims the guidance is flawed and unlawful. The incident happened four days after he was allowed to leave hospital.

Letts was originally denied legal aid to be represented at a four-day inquest listed for January 2015.

After issuing judicial review proceedings, the Legal Aid Agency reviewed its decision and agreed to grant funding.

Letts opted to continue the JR to help other families going through similar situations. A hearing is likely in January.

If there is one place families need legal representation it is Inquests. Dealing with bereavement and asking the right questions do not go hand in hand.