Conflict related inquest records
Each year PRONI receives many applications requesting access to conflict related inquest records.
From 28 October 2022, PRONI will be temporarily suspending responses to Freedom of Information and the Court Files Privileged Access Rules requests.
The temporary suspension applies to all transferred closed public records held by PRONI.
PRONI will be able to conduct an initial search to confirm information relevant to your request is held. If PRONI does not hold the information or record you requested, PRONI will confirm this. If the record is already designated as open you will be able to view it onsite or request a copy. PRONI may be able to direct you to other records held in The National Archives, London or National Archives of Ireland, Dublin.
Applicants who have already submitted a request do not need to make a new request when the temporary suspension ends. PRONI will progress those requests which it has received under FOIA.
If you wish to make a complaint about the temporary suspension of FOIA requests, contact the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).
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 2018 (DPA) and the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). Applicants can decide which process is most suited to their needs.
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.
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