Coroner’s Inquest

Losing a loved one is the most challenging situation any of us can face. Having your loved one’s death be the subject of a Coroner’s Inquest makes this even more challenging and overwhelming. Coroner’s Inquest are public hearings conducted to inform the public about the circumstances of a death. They are conducted before a jury of five community members to determine:

  • The identity of the deceased
  • Date of death
  • Location of death
  • Medical cause of death; and
  • By what means (natural causes, accident, homicide, suicide, or undetermined).


Families of the deceased, and other affected entities are entitled to apply for standing and are then afforded an opportunity to testify, cross examine witnesses, and propose recommendations on how to prevent future deaths. The Ross Firm is dedicated to helping families and affected entities through the entire Coroner’s Inquest process, from: applying for standing, preparing clients and expert witnesses to testify, to cross-examining witnesses at the Inquest, preparing submissions and crafting recommendations.

Here’s what else you can expect:

  • We understand the unique and important role Inquests play.


We understand the incredible role that Inquests present to the family and to the public to actively contribute to the development and modification of policies and laws that will significantly influence the future and will commemorate the memory of a loved one.  We’re there for you to support you through this process, whenever, and however, you need us. In person? Yes. Phone? Sure. Email? Of course. Skype, Facetime, Zoom, text? Absolutely.

 A smarter law firm means a more accessible lawyer.

  • We want to get to know and your loved one. 


Our electronic Intake process starts before we even meet. This helps us help you faster and makes sure we get every detail we need to advocate for you and your loved one right from the start.

A smarter law firm means a more productive lawyer.

  • We use technology to move faster and keep your costs down.


We run a paperless practice and use sophisticated technology to automate administrative tasks- so you aren’t paying for them. We want to do everything we can to support families while keeping the costs down for them in participating in this process.    We will also help families apply for all applicable reimbursement programs offered to support them in participating in the process and not being burdened with legal fees.

A smarter law firm means a smarter lawyer.

At The Ross Firm, Coroner’s Inquests mean: • Any mandatory or discretionary Inquest ordered under the Coroner’s Act of Ontario.