Conflict related inquest records

Each year PRONI receives many applications requesting access to conflict related inquest records.

Information held by PRONI

PRONI holds the inquest records of over 3,000 people who died in the conflict.  However, they don't have the records of all the inquests held during that period.

To find out if PRONI has the inquest record you are seeking, you can search PRONI's eCatalogue by inserting the person's name  and the word inquest or report.

You can also email or write to PRONI to ask if they have the inquest record. Include the person's name.  It's helpful if you also provide the date the person died, their last address or the date of their inquest.

Apply for access to inquest records

PRONI releases information under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA),  the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and the Court Files Privileged Access Rules (NI) 2016.  Applicants can decide which process is most suited to their needs.

Freedom of Information requests temporarily unavailable

From 21 November 2018, Freedom of Information requests to PRONI are temporarily unavailable.

This is because PRONI has been told by the Information Commissioner’s Office that the Department for Communities does not have the authority to complete the process of Freedom of Information requests without a Minister for the Department for Communities.

Once a minister has been appointed, this service will be available again.

For further information, contact PRONI at access@communities-ni.gov.uk.

If you wish to make a complaint about this service being unavailable, contact the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO at https://ico.org.uk/).

Access under the Court Files Privileged Access Rules (NI) 2016

Relatives can contact PRONI to find out if they hold the record of a particular inquest.  The process under the 2016 Rules allows individuals privileged access to information in inquest files provided they sign an Undertaking that they will keep the released files confidential.  Applicants can either request access to information themselves, or they can appoint a legal representative or charity to receive the information on their behalf. 

  • Individual applicants:

Any individual who has been affected by the conflict or by another incident recorded in any inquest file held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland may apply for access under the 2016 Rules.   Individuals applying for access to inquest records under the Court Files Privileged Access Rules (NI) 2016 should complete the application form.  The guidance notes will help you to complete your form.

  • Applicants represented by a legal representative or charity:

An eligible applicant may also appoint a legal representative, or nominate an employee of a charity to receive the information on their behalf.  Lawyers or charities who are applying on behalf of an applicant for access to inquest records under Court Files Privileged Access Rules (NI) should complete the application form.  The guidance notes will help you to complete the form.

The Court Files Privileged Access Rules (Northern Ireland) 2016 are available to view at the following link:

The Court Files Privileged Access Rules (Northern Ireland) 2016

Access under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

Applications can be made for access to inquest records under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  If you apply for an inquest record under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the version of the record which is given to you will also be available for other people to see.

To make an application under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, contact PRONI in writing or by e-mail.

Contact PRONI

You can contact PRONI by:

Mail:
Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
2 Titanic Boulevard
Titanic Quarter
Belfast
BT3 9HQ

Email:  proni@communities-ni.gov.uk

Telephone: (+44) 028 9053 4800

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