A meeting is being held this lunchtime about the future of the coroner's service on Teesside.
Coroner Michael Sheffield has been heavily criticised for having a backlog of up to three hundred inquests at any one time.
Families have to wait on average 44 weeks to find out why their loved ones died - which is much higher than the national average.
Last week, the Chief Constable of Cleveland police, who staff his office, apologised for the pain that has been caused to grieving families.
Jacqui Cheer is going to put in extra staff after Christmas to temporarily clear the backlog.
More top news
A shuttle bus service between two North East hospitals will be axed from the end of June despite calls to keep it running.
With dozens of stores making losses and 11,000 jobs at risk, BHS's main task is to return as much money as possible to creditors.
A 20-year-old man from Gateshead has been jailed after a 77-year-old man was punched.