Backlog in coroners’ courts: Bereaved families wait up to seven years for inquests – The Independent

Posted April 14th, 2014 in bereavement, coroners, courts, delay, inquests, news by sally

‘A new standards code calls for investigations to be completed within six months.’

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The Independent, 13th April 2014

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Duggan inquest: family win right to challenge coroner’s direction to jury – The Guardian

Posted April 8th, 2014 in appeals, coroners, inquests, news, unlawful killing by sally

‘The family of Mark Duggan whose shooting by the Metropolitan police sparked riots across the country in 2011 have won the right to challenge a coroner’s directions to the jury that concluded the officer’s actions were lawful.’

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The Guardian, 8th April 2014

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Prison officers’ failings contributed to vulnerable boy’s death, inquest rules – The Guardian

‘An inquest jury has found multiple failings by staff at a young offender institution contributed to the death of a 17-year-old boy, who had been bullied by other inmates.’

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The Guardian, 4th April 2014

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Hillsborough inquest: Questions and answers – Daily Telegraph

‘The new Hillsborough inquests begin today in Warrington, almost 25 years after Britain’s worst sporting disaster and 18 months after the verdicts in the original inquests were quashed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 31st March 2014

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Hillsborough stadium tragedy inquests: Families await a fresh moment for truth – The Independent

Posted March 28th, 2014 in health & safety, inquests, news, sport by sally

‘The first of the new inquests into a 25-year-old tragedy begins next week, reopening old wounds but also reawakening hopes of closure and justice. Jonathan Brown explains how much is at stake.’

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The Independent, 27th March 2014

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Jury gives open verdict on teenager who died after ‘relationship with star’ – The Guardian

Posted March 27th, 2014 in duty of care, health, inquests, mental health, news, suicide by tracey

‘There were “shortcomings” in the care given to a teenager who died in a psychiatric unit after allegedly being pressured by a male celebrity into sexual activity, an inquest jury has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 26th March 2014

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Deepcut soldier’s family allowed to seek new inquest – The Guardian

Posted March 25th, 2014 in armed forces, inquests, news by sally

“The government’s most senior legal adviser has given permission to the family of a young army recruit who died nearly 19 years ago at the notorious Deepcut barracks in Surrey to apply for a new inquest into her death.”

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The Guardian, 25th March 2014

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APIL granted permission to challenge HMRC policy on mesothelioma victims’ work records – Litigation Futures

‘The High Court is this week hearing a judicial review that claimant lawyers hope will strike down the deeply unpopular policy of HM Revenue & Customs that means it will only release the employment history of a mesothelioma victim to their lawyer with a High Court order.’

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Litigation futures, 12th March 2014

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Cpl Anne-Marie Ellement: Army apologises as coroner finds bullying was suicide factor – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 4th, 2014 in armed forces, bullying, inquests, news, rape, suicide by sally

‘Coroner urges Ministry of Defence to review care for vulnerable soldiers after ruling that bullying and “lingering” mental effects of alleged rape were factors in suicide of Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd March 2014

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How not to get a pre-inquest review wrong – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 28th, 2014 in coroners, expert witnesses, inquests, medicines, news by sally

‘This is the sad tale of a young woman aged 31 dying in mysterious circumstances where the inquest went off entirely on the wrong footing. Joanne Foreman was not a diabetic but lived with a young boy who was. It was suspected that on the night before she died she had drunk heavily and then injected herself with insulin. The inquest proceeded on this basis. Nobody told the expert that the paramedics had taken a blood glucose from Joanne, which was entirely normal. Once this was known, it was obvious that the court would quash the findings at inquest and order a new inquest.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 25th February 2014

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Bereaved families at the heart of the coroner system – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 26th, 2014 in bereavement, coroners, families, inquests, reports by tracey

‘Bereaved loved ones will be put at the heart of the coroner system, Justice Minister Simon Hughes said today as he launched a new guide for people who have to become involved with inquests.’

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Ministry of Justice, 24th February 2014

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Mark Duggan’s mother lodges legal challenge against judge – The Guardian

‘The mother of Mark Duggan, whose fatal shooting by police provoked the 2011 riots, has lodged a legal challenge against the judge who presided over the inquest into her son’s death, which ended with a jury making a majority ruling that he was lawfully killed.’

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The Guardian, 26th February 2014

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New evidence delays coroner’s ruling on death of soldier who said she was raped – The Guardian

Posted February 25th, 2014 in armed forces, disclosure, evidence, inquests, news, rape by sally

‘A coroner’s ruling into the death of a soldier who said she had been raped and bullied has been unexpectedly delayed after lawyers for the military revealed they had uncovered new documents, including a reference to a diary and mobile phones the woman’s family say were never passed to them.’

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The Guardian, 24th February 2014

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Litvinenko widow wins inquiry ruling against ministers – BBC News

Posted February 12th, 2014 in inquests, inquiries, judicial review, news, poisoning by sally

‘The widow of former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko who was killed in London has moved a step closer to a public inquiry into her husband’s death.’

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BBC News, 11th February 2014

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Hillsborough inquest: Police lawyers to probe fans’ ‘drunkenness’ – BBC News

Posted February 6th, 2014 in alcohol abuse, health & safety, inquests, news, police, sport by sally

‘The disputed suggestion drunkenness among fans played a part in the Hillsborough disaster will be explored again in new inquests, lawyers for senior police officers have said.’

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BBC News, 5th February 2014

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Bullying in armed forces on rise, MoD figures reveal – The Guardian

‘Shocking official figures reveal a surge in the incidence of bullying in the armed forces, with one in 10 military personnel claiming to have been the victim of “discrimination, harassment or bullying in a service environment” during the past year.’

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The Guardian, 1st February 2014

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Lee Bonsall inquest: Coroner calls for mental health review – BBC News

‘A former soldier found hanged gave no indication he was intending to harm himself, an inquest has heard.’

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BBC News, 30th January 2014

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Sean Turner: Inquest rules ‘lost opportunities’ in four-year-old’s care – The Independent

Posted January 24th, 2014 in children, hospitals, inquests, medical treatment, news by sally

‘A Bristol hospital has apologised over the treatment a four-year-old heart patient received on a ward after his parents condemned his care as “shambolic”.’

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The Independent, 23rd January 2014

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IPCC face conferring ban after fatal police shootings – The Independent

Posted January 20th, 2014 in complaints, evidence, firearms, inquests, news, ombudsmen, police by sally

‘Police officers could be banned from conferring after fatal shootings in the wake of the death of Mark Duggan.’

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The Independent, 17th January 2014

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Police admit they should have reviewed tactic used in Mark Duggan case – The Guardian

‘The Metropolitan Police has admitted it was wrong not to review its use of the “hard stop” tactic employed in the shooting of Mark Duggan in 2011, despite being advised to do so by the complaints watchdog.’

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The Guardian, 20th January 2014

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