Archive for the 'coroners' Category

Ian Tomlinson post-mortem examination report withheld – BBC News

“A post-mortem examination report into the death of a man at the G20 protests last year has been withheld from authorities, it has emerged.”

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BBC News, 8th September 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Ian Tomlinson death: Coroner defends use of controversial pathologist – The Guardian

“Paul Matthews says choice of Dr Freddy Patel, suspended from practice for three months last week, for postmortem was ‘routine.’ ”

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The Guardian, 7th September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Coroners’ service reform review delaying inquests – BBC News

“Promised reforms to speed up coroners’ courts have been put on hold leaving many bereaved families waiting months or years for verdicts.”

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BBC News, 12th August 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Stirland case coroner calls for witness reforms – BBC News

“Police should review witness protection protocols, a coroner has said in her report into the gangland killings of a Lincolnshire couple.”

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BBC News, 10th August 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Ian Tomlinson coroner is urged to stand aside – The Guardian

“The coroner due to preside over the inquest into the death of Ian Tomlinson was tonight under pressure to step down from the hearing because he was responsible for appointing the pathologist who conducted a controversial postmortem on Tomlinson.”

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The Guardian, 23rd July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Shipman coroner says all baby deaths must be probed – BBC News

“The way in which neonatal deaths are investigated should be more consistent, a senior coroner said.”

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BBC News, 1st June 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Wiltshire coroner orders review into suicide – BBC News

“A coroner has ordered police and health services to review the way they treated a patient who hanged himself after being falsely accused of a sex assault.”

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BBC News, 12th May 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Comment on historic reforms to the coroners’ system – Ministry of Justice

“Individuals and organisations are being asked to comment on how a reformed national coroners’ system will work in practice, in a consultation document issued today.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 11th March 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

2010 to see historic changes to the coroners’ system – Ministry of Justice

“The government has today (1 February) set out the next steps to reforming the coroners’ system, including plans to appoint the first ever Chief Coroner.”

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Ministry of Justice, 1st February 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Secret document which implicated Blair Peach coroner withheld by Home Office – The Guardian

“Government officials withheld a document relating to the death of Blair Peach, the anti-fascist campaigner widely believed to have been killed by police in 1979, because they feared it would portray the coroner as biased and lend weight to calls for a public inquiry.”

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The Guardian, 22nd January 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Government defeated over military inquest coroners – The Independent

“The Government was defeated in the Lords tonight as peers voted to give a Deputy Chief Coroner the role of specialising in military inquests.”

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The Independent, 26th October 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Bar Council and Criminal Bar Association Brief Peers on Provisions Contained with the Coroners and Justice Bill – The Bar Council

“The Bar Council and the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) have sent a briefing paper to members of the House of Lords, bringing to their attention their continued concerns about some aspects of the Coroners and Justice Bill. The Bill, which will enter Report Stage in the House of Lords today, addresses a broad range of provisions within the criminal justice system, including the inquest system; clarifying the law on encouraging and assisting suicide; special measures for vulnerable and intimidated witnesses; the introduction of a Sentencing Council; and an enabling provision to regulate Damages Based Agreements (DBAs) through statutory instrument. The briefing paper, sent to members of the House of Lords as they return for the final few weeks of the 2008-9 parliamentary session, sets out the views of the Bar Council and CBA on these issues, which remain a concern to both organisations.”

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The Bar Council, 21st October 2009

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Coroners block tests to monitor vCJD spread – The Times

“Coroners are refusing to carry out post-mortem tests for an infection that causes the human form of mad cow disease, despite pleas that they could help to monitor the disease.”

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The Times, 19th August 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Action to prevent further deaths: details of Coroners’ reports and responses published for the first time – Ministry of Justice

“Details of coroners’ reports asking for organisations involved in deaths to take action to prevent further deaths are published by the Ministry of Justice today for the first time.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 15th July 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Does the Coroners and Justice Bill go far enough – and is there enough money – Law Society’s Gazette

“The Coroners and Justice Bill is the government’s attempt to implement that long-awaited reform. Some practitioners and pressure groups are concerned that the bill doesn’t go far enough, and that there isn’t enough money behind it to make it work. There is a real risk, they say, that this bill will come to be seen as a missed opportunity.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 18th June 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Coroners Bill: now the battle begins for legal aid and juries – The Times

“With Jack Straw’s dropping of plans this week for secret inquests, one of the big battles in the Coroners and Justice Bill has been fought and won. But the Justice Secretary’s move does not guarantee the Bill a trouble-free ride.”

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The Times, 21st May 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Statement on amendments to the Coroners and Justice Bill – Ministry of Justice

“Jack Straw has made a written ministerial statement concerning amendments to the Coroners and Justice Bill.”

Full statement

Ministry of Justice, 15th May 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Bar Council Remains Concerned Over Some Aspects of the Coroners and Justice Bill – The Bar Council

“The Coroners and Justice Bill begins its Report Stage in the House of Commons today. The Bar Council, and the Criminal Bar Association, have welcomed Government concessions in relation to information sharing and in putting the decision for an inquest to be held without a jury into the hands of judges rather than the Secretary of State.”

Full press release

The Bar Council, 23rd March 2009

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Bar Council Condemns Data Sharing Threat in Coroners Bill – The Bar Council

“The Bar Council today issued a warning about the data sharing provisions of the Coroners and Justice Bill.”

Full press release 

The Bar Council, 25th February 2009

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Bar Council and Criminal Bar Association Express Concerns Over Coroners and Justice Bill – The Bar Council

“The Bar Council and the Criminal Bar Association have voiced their concerns over the Coroners and Justice Bill, which receives its Second Reading in the House of Commons on Monday.”

Full press release

The Bar Council, 25th January 2009

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Charter for the bereaved offers families better service in coroners reforms – Ministry of Justice

“Bereaved families will have access to a new appeals and complaints system under a new ‘Charter for the Bereaved’ announced today in Parliament as part of the Coroners and Justice Bill published by the Justice Secretary Jack Straw.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 14th January 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Jack Straw: new laws focus on victims of crime and the bereaved – Ministry of Justice

“Modernisation of the coroners system and better protection for witnesses during criminal investigations were amongst the new measures announced by Justice Secretary Jack Straw in Parliament today when he published the Coroners and Justice Bill.”

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Ministry of Justice, 14th January 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Why only radical reform will regain the public’s confidence – The Times

“The inquest into the death of Jean Charles de Menezes illustrates dramatically a serious flaw in the framework governing coroners’ investigations — the inclusion in inquest findings of short-form verdicts such as accidental death, misadventure, natural causes, lawful killing and unlawful killing.”

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The Times, 18th December 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Mother’s campaign changes the law – BBC News

“A Dorset mother forced to wait 18 months to bury her two-year-old son has been celebrating after her six-year campaign led to a change in the law.”

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BBC News, 4th December 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Fees and allowances payable at inquest – Ministry of Justice

“The Ministry of Justice has published details of revised fees and allowances payable by the coroner on holding inquests.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 1st October 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Relatives will be able to challenge coroner – The Times

“Bereaved relatives are to have a new right of appeal regarding inquest rulings, under an extensive reform of the coroners’ system.”

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The Times, 1st September 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Police criticised over Whitear drug death – The Guardian

“The family of heroin addict Rachel Whitear yesterday vowed to continue to fight to find out how she died after an official report concluded that police botched the initial investigation into her death.”

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The Guardian, 18th July 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Coroner reform: stronger powers give families more involvement – Ministry of Justice

“New coroners’ powers to help prevent avoidable deaths were announced today (26 June) by Justice Minister Bridget Prentice in response to views expressed by bereaved families.”

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Ministry of Justice, 26th June 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Reporting deaths to the coroner and modernisation cremation regulations – Ministry of Justice

“Bridget Prentice has made a written ministerial statement on the statutory duty to report deaths to the coroner and the modernisation and consolidation of the cremation regulations.”

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Ministry of Justice, 21st May 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Draft legislative programme: new proposals to empower the individual – Ministry of Justice

“New proposals to give greater protection to victims and witnesses in court are among those set out in the Ministry of Justice’s contribution to the Draft Legislative Programme announced by the Prime Minister today.”

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Ministry of Justice, 14th May 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Related link: Preparing Britain for the Future – the Draft Legislative Programme 2008-09 (PDF)

Relatives’ champion who took the fight to ministers – The Times

“Rarely a month goes by without a damning inquest verdict from Andrew Walker, highlighting failures by the Ministry of Defence.”

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The Times, 12th April 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

High Court rejects MoD attempt to ‘gag’ outspoken coroners over defence failures – The Times

“The Government suffered its second important legal defeat in 24 hours today when a High Court judge rejected an attempt by Des Browne, the Defence Secretary, to ban coroners using phrases such as “serious failure” in their verdicts on dead soldiers.”

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The Times, 11th April 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Coroner reform changes – Ministry of Justice

“Justice Minister Bridget Prentice has said that the government remains committed to reforming the coroners system, placing the bereaved firmly at the centre of the process.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 27th March 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

MoD in court bid to silence critical coroners – The Independent

“Defence Secretary Des Browne yesterday asked the High Court to outlaw the use of language strongly critical of the MoD in inquest verdicts on soldiers who have died on active service.”

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The Independent, 18th March 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Coroners resist plans to investigate long-term health threat from vCJD at postmortems – The Guardian

“Coroners are blocking government plans to test tens of thousands of bodies undergoing postmortem examinations each year for signs of variant CJD, the human form of BSE. Their involvement is essential for a research programme, backed by ministers, senior scientific advisers and an independent ethical committee, to establish the long-term public health threat from the incurable disease. Although only 166 people have so far died from vCJD in Britain, scientists are seeking to find out whether many more are unwittingly carrying the long-incubating condition, posing significant risk to others through surgery and blood transfusion.”

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The Guardian, 11th February 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Diana’s inquest: is it money well spent? – The Times

“Despite all the flak the coroner chairing the inquest of the late Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed is making the best of a difficult job.”

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The Times, 17th January 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Children’s bodies ferried miles for postmortems – The Guardian

“The bodies of children who die suddenly are being illegally transported hundreds of miles to have a postmortem examination because there are only 40 qualified paediatric pathologists, it is revealed today. The practice breaches the Coroner’s Rules, which make it illegal to move a body beyond an adjoining district to the one in which the death occurred.”

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The Guardian, 4th January 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Diana inquest judge attacks ‘rubbish’ laws – Daily Telegraph

“A judge has launched an extraordinary attack on the laws governing the inquest into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, describing them as ‘antiquated rubbish’.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th November 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Families let down by lack of coroners reform – The Times

“Bereaved relatives of fallen troops are dismayed that an expected Coroners Bill was left out of the Queen’s Speech.”

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The Times, 7th November 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Regina (Bennett) v. Inner South London Coroner, Officers A and B and Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, interested parties – Times Law Reports

Whether jury can be trusted

Regina (Bennett) v Inner South London Coroner, Officers A and B and Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, interested parties

“While facts were for the jury, coroners were entitled to consider whether it was safe to leave a particular verdict on the evidence to the jury.”

The Times, 13th August 2007

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Military inquests to get more funds as Iraq death toll rises – The Times

“Ministers bowed to pressure yesterday and promised to provide extra funding for hard-pressed coroners’ courts holding inquests into military deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

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The Times, 13th July 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Diana coroner rejects Queen call – BBC News

“The coroner for Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed’s inquests has said he will not involve the Queen or the Duke of Edinburgh in the case at this stage.”

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BBC News, 9th July 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

R (Pereira) v. HM Coroner for Inner South London and others – WLR Daily

R (Pereira) v. HM Coroner for Inner South London and others

“A coroner’s power to adjourn an inquest under s 16(1)(b) of the Coroner’s Act 1988 was discretionary. Where a reason not to adjourn had been established, a decision to do so made in the exercise of that discretion could not be impugned by way of judicial review provided that the decision had been made rationally, taking into account all relevant matters and in the light of the state’s duty to investigate a death under art 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights.”

WLR Daily, 14th June 2007

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

New Diana coroner thwarted in media ban – Daily Telegraph

“The new coroner for the inquest into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales yesterday pledged an “open, fair and transparent” inquiry – then immediately attempted to gag the press.”

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Daily Telegraph, 14th June 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Hearing due before Diana inquest – BBC News

“A preliminary hearing is due to be held to prepare the way for a full inquest into the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed.”

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BBC News, 13th June 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Top judge is new Diana coroner – BBC News

“The new coroner for the inquests into the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed has been formally appointed.” 

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BBC News, 11th June 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Reforms will not stop another Shipman, pathologist warns – The Guardian

“A pathologist involved in the Harold Shipman murder case today launched a stinging attack on the government’s proposed reforms to the coroner system, claiming they will do nothing to prevent another such killer.”

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The Guardian, 17th May 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Diana inquest judge quits, admitting she was the wrong person for the job – The Times

“The inquests of Diana, Princess of Wales, and Dodi Fayed suffered a fresh blow yesterday when Baroness Butler-Sloss dramatically announced that she was stepping down as coroner.”

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The Times, 25th April 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Butler-Sloss to step down as Diana coroner – Daily Telegraph

“Baroness Butler-Sloss is to step down as coroner for the Diana inquest, it was announced today.”

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Daily Telegraph, 24th April 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Coroner rejects US pilot error claim in Iraq crash – The Guardian

“The death of eight British servicemen in an American helicopter crash at the start of the Iraq war was due to mechanical failure, and not pilot error as the US has claimed, an Oxford coroner ruled yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 20th April 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Inquest date for NatWest Three death – Daily Telegraph

“The inquest into the death of Neil Coulbeck, who worked with the Natwest Three, has been set for May 23, 10 months after the banker was found hanged near his home.”

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Daily Telegraph, 19th April 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Alder Hey lawyer to investigate Sellafield body parts scandal – The Times

“The senior QC who led the inquiry into the Alder Hey stolen organs scandal has been appointed to investigate news that the Sellafield nuclear site secretly stored and tested tissues and organs taken from the bodies of dead employees.”

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The Times, 18th April 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk


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