All inquests must be held in public and someone from the press might be present in court. The coroner will make every effort to treat the family sympathetically and will often not read out personal notes or letters or display other sensitive evidence unless it is essential. The Coroner may warn the family before such evidence is produced to allow them to withdraw if they wish.
In some cases the person, company or organisation who is said to have caused the death might be present. They might give evidence. They may be represented by lawyers.
In some instances the family may want to publicise the inquest, and it is possible to prepare a press statement to give to journalists.
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