Regina (Letts) v Lord Chancellor (Equality and Human Rights Commission intervening) – WLR Daily

Regina (Letts) v Lord Chancellor (Equality and Human Rights Commission intervening) [2015] EWHC 402 (Admin); [2015] WLR (D) 90

‘The Lord Chancellor’s Exceptional Funding Guidance (Inquests) (promulgated under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012) was unlawful in that it provided a misleading impression of the law for caseworkers considering an application from relatives of a deceased for legal aid to cover representation at an inquest into a death which arose in circumstances which might have engaged article 2 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.’

WLR Daily, 20th February 2015

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More bereaved families to get legal aid at inquests if state was involved in death – The Guardian

‘More bereaved families will be entitled to legal aid at inquests after a high court judge ruled that official guidance on whether to provide support was “misleading and inaccurate”.’

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The Guardian, 20th February 2015

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MoD faces tribunal challenge from whistleblower doctor sacked by text – The Guardian

‘An experienced doctor, who has questioned the official explanation for the death of weapons expert David Kelly, was dismissed by text and email while on a family holiday after he blew the whistle about alleged discrepancies in the dispensing of strong painkillers at an army base.’

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The Guardian, 30th January 2015

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Lee Balkwell concrete mixer death: Family awarded £12,000 – BBC News

‘The family of a man found dead in a concrete mixer in Essex has been awarded £12,000 in compensation.’

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BBC News, 30th January 2015

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Recovering Inquest Costs in Civil Proceedings – Zenith PI Blog

Posted December 17th, 2014 in costs, damages, disclosure, inquests, legal representation, murder, news, proportionality by sally

The Senior Court Cost Office has handed down a decision in the above case offering additional guidance as to when and what costs of attending an inquest can be recovered in subsequent civil proceedings.

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Zenith PI Blog, 17th December 2014

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Jimmy Mubenga’s widow shocked as security guards cleared of manslaughter – The Guardian

‘The widow of Jimmy Mubenga, the Angolan man who died after being physically restrained on a deportation flight, said she was “shocked and disappointed” by the acquittal of three private security guards who were charged with his killing.’

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The Guardian, 16th December 2014

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Jordan Begley death: Media can name Taser officers after 2 February – BBC News

Posted December 16th, 2014 in anonymity, appeals, firearms, inquests, news, police by tracey

‘Five police officers who wanted anonymity at an inquest into a man shot with a Taser will be named unless they win an appeal, a coroner has ruled.’

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BBC News, 15th December 2014

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Statement from the Director of Public Prosecutions on Eleanor de Freitas – CPS News Brief

‘Eleanor de Freitas’ tragic death was just days before she was due to stand trial for perverting the course of justice. The pending inquest will deal with the circumstances surrounding her death and I do not want to interfere with that process. However the case has understandably raised questions about private prosecutions in these types of cases and why the CPS took over and continued this particular case.’

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CPS News Brief, 9th December 2014

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Why do we ignore the mental health aspects of crime? – BBC News

‘When 16-year-old Will Cornick admitted murdering the schoolteacher Ann Maguire, the reaction was one of shock and bewilderment.’

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BBC News, 3rd December 2014

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Deepcut soldier Cheryl James’ family in body exhumation plea – BBC News

Posted December 2nd, 2014 in armed forces, bullying, burials and cremation, inquests, news, young persons by sally

‘Lawyers for the family of a soldier who died at Deepcut Barracks have asked a judge to request her body’s exhumation.’

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BBC News, 1st December 2014

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Hospital had no plan to tackle autistic woman’s weight gain, coroner rules – The Guardian

Posted November 25th, 2014 in autism, health, hospitals, inquests, news, obesity by sally

‘A 25-year-old woman with severe autism died in a secure hospital after staff allowed her weight to balloon to 25 stone as she sat alone for years in a padded room, a coroner has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 24th November 2014

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Too many prisoners jailed unnecessarily, says review head – The Guardian

‘The unnecessary jailing of too many people in England and Wales is leaving resources stretched and vulnerable inmates unsupervised, the head of a review into prison suicides has said.’

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The Guardian, 14th November 2014

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DPP orders inquiry into alleged rape victim suicide case – BBC News

‘An investigation has been launched into why a woman was prosecuted over an alleged false rape claim – and then killed herself. Eleanor de Freitas, 23, had bipolar disorder, and left notes saying she was frightened of going to court. She said she had been raped but faced trial for allegedly perverting the course of justice.’

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BBC News, 7th November 2014

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Jade Anderson inquest: Coroner calls for dog licences – BBC News

Posted October 27th, 2014 in children, coroners, dogs, homicide, inquests, licensing, negligence, news, suspended sentences by sally

‘A coroner has criticised dangerous dog laws and called for dog licences to be reintroduced after a 14-year-old girl was savaged to death.’

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BBC News, 24th October 2014

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Mark Duggan officer faces misconduct investigation – The Guardian

‘‘ZZ46’ is the first officer from the operation to be served with a formal disciplinary notice by the IPCC.’

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The Guardian, 26th October 2014

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Regina (Duggan) v Her Majesty’s Assistant Deputy Coroner For the Northern District of Greater London and others – WLR Daily

Regina (Duggan) v Her Majesty’s Assistant Deputy Coroner For the Northern District of Greater London and others [2014] EWHC 3343 (Admin); [2014] WLR (D) 431

‘A conclusion of lawful killing made by a coroner’s court meant that a death was recognised as one that would amount to the crime of murder, manslaughter or infanticide but for the presence of an additional factor which justified it.’

WLR Daily, 14th October 2014

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Mark Duggan’s family lose attempt to overturn inquest verdict – The Guardian

Posted October 14th, 2014 in appeals, coroners, inquests, jury directions, news, self-defence, unlawful killing by sally

‘The family of Mark Duggan have lost their attempt to overturn an inquest verdict that the police shooting of their loved one was a lawful killing.’

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The Guardian, 14th October 2014

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Challenge on inquests legal aid – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 13th, 2014 in inquests, judicial review, legal aid, legal representation, news by sally

‘The High Court has given permission for a judicial review of the government’s policy on legal aid funding for inquests. Mrs Justice Andrews (pictured) last week allowed the challenge against the lord chancellor’s guidance on inquest funding.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 13th October 2014

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Winehouse row coroner sanctioned by SRA – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 8th, 2014 in coroners, employment, inquests, news, Solicitors Regulation Authority by sally

‘The coroner whose improper appointment of his wife led to the inquest into the death of singer Amy Winehouse being reheard has been sanctioned by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 7th October 2014

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Toddler’s virus death ‘not predictable,’ consultant says – BBC News

Posted September 26th, 2014 in children, inquests, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘The death of a toddler who died from a respiratory virus after seeing GPs 30 times could not have been prevented or predicted, his inquest heard.’

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BBC News, 25th September 2014

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