- An investigation conducted by a coroner, sometimes with the aid of a jury, into the cause of death of a person when the cause may be criminal.
- A hearing conducted by a judge or magistrate to determine damages when a defendant has defaulted.
- A judicial inquiry into a specified matter, such as a person's mental condition.
- An investigation or inquiry.
- Inquiry; search; quest.
- In <em>law</em>: A judicial inquiry, especially an inquiry held before a jury; specifically, a proceeding before a jury to determine the amount to be recovered in an action, when there is no trial in the ordinary sense, because the right to recover has been admitted; in common use, a coroner's inquest.
- The jury itself.
- Inquiry; quest; search.
- Judicial inquiry; official examination, esp. before a jury.
- A body of men assembled under authority of law to inquire into any matter, civil or criminal, particularly any case of violent or sudden death; a jury, particularly a coroner's jury. The <ex>grand jury</ex> is sometimes called the <ex>grand inquest</ex>. See under <er>Grand</er>.
- The finding of the jury upon such inquiry.
- an inquest held by a coroner to determine the cause of any violent, sudden, or mysterious death. See <er>Coroner</er>.
- an inquiry made, by authority or direction of proper officer, into matters affecting the rights and interests of the crown or of the state.
- A <xref>formal</xref> <xref>investigation</xref>, often held before a <xref>jury</xref>, especially one into the <xref>cause</xref> of a <xref>death</xref>.
- The jury hearing such an <xref>inquiry</xref>, and the result of the inquiry.
- an inquiry into the cause of an unexpected death