Hillsborough verdict sparks call to rebalance police and criminal justice system – The Guardian

‘A cross-party campaign for radical reform of the police and criminal justice system in light of the Hillsborough inquests verdict has been launched by the shadow home secretary, Andy Burnham.’

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The Guardian, 11th May 2016

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Undercover police denied automatic anonymity at inquiry – BBC News

‘Undercover police officers facing claims of wrongdoing will not automatically get anonymity at a forthcoming major public inquiry.’

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BBC News, 3rd May 2016

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Hillsborough: Families want ‘remedial measures’ for South Yorkshire Police – BBC News

Posted April 29th, 2016 in bereavement, inquiries, ministers' powers and duties, news, police, sport by tracey

‘Lawyers for 20 families of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster have asked the home secretary to apply remedial measures to South Yorkshire Police. Broudie Jackson Canter (BJC) Solicitors said Theresa May should send a team in to examine the force “root and branch”.’

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BBC News, 29th April 2016

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Hillsborough inquests: Michael Mansfield on ‘far-reaching consequences’ – BBC News

Posted April 29th, 2016 in advocacy, bereavement, health & safety, inquests, news, sport by tracey

‘Leading barrister Michael Mansfield QC, who represented most of the victims’ families at the Hillsborough Inquests, has called for the creation of a permanent commission scrutinising how the police and other agencies handle crime scenes. Here he writes how the precedent of the inquests could have far-reaching consequences for the investigation of future disasters.’

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BBC News, 29th April 2016

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Hillsborough inquest timeline: the long wait for justice – The Guardian

‘The families of the 96 people fatally injured at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final have been fighting for the truth for 27 years.’

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The Guardian, 26th April 2016

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Hillsborough verdict: victims’ families’ 27-year struggle for truth vindicated – The Guardian

‘A 27-year struggle for truth by the families of the 96 people killed at the Hillsborough football stadium has been vindicated after new inquests into the disaster determined that they had been unlawfully killed.’

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The Guardian, 27th April 2016

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Woman who died after ‘losing sparkle’ cannot be named, court rules – The Guardian

‘The court of protection has declined to name a 50-year-old woman who died after refusing life-saving kidney treatment because she said life had lost its “sparkle”.’

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The Guardian, 25th April 2016

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Kate Stanton-Davies death: Trust ‘failed to establish facts’ around death – BBC News

Posted April 4th, 2016 in bereavement, children, delay, hospitals, midwives, news, professional conduct by sally

‘A hospital trust “abdicated its responsibility” in finding out why a baby died six hours after her birth, an independent review has found.’

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BBC News, 1st April 2016

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Grandmother who lived with partner until his death wins High Court battle after his estranged wife inherited half their home – Independent

‘A grandmother who lived with her partner for almost two decades until his death has won a High Court battle after his estranged wife inherited half their home.’

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Independent, 16 February 2016

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Siblings of different faiths in high court row over mother’s funeral – The Guardian

Posted November 9th, 2015 in bereavement, burials and cremation, Church of England, families, Judaism, news by sally

‘A brother and sister who follow different faiths have gone to the high court to settle a dispute over how to conduct their mother’s funeral.’

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The Guardian, 6th November 2015

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Late Saudi King Fahd’s ‘secret wife’ wins payout – BBC News

‘A woman who says she was the “secret wife” of the late King Fahd of Saudi Arabia has won a multimillion-pound claim at the High Court.’

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BBC News, 3rd November 2015

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Legal threat in Shropshire baby ashes scandal – BBC News

‘Lawyers representing families in the baby ashes scandal have said they are to take legal action against Shropshire Council.’

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BBC News, 26th October 2015

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Review of coroner services launched – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 21st, 2015 in bereavement, codes of practice, consultations, coroners, inquests, news, time limits by sally

‘Major reforms which have put bereaved people at the heart of the coroner system will be reviewed to see what further improvement can be made, Justice Minister Caroline Dinenage has announced.’

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Ministry of Justice, 15th October 2015

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Reading widowed mother school truancy case dropped – BBC News

Posted October 2nd, 2015 in bereavement, news, prosecutions, truancy by tracey

‘The partner of a cyclist killed by a drink-driver has been told she will not face legal charges over her son missing school following the death.’

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BBC News, 1st Ocotber 2015

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Bereaved to benefit from action on cremation and coroner services – Ministry of Justice

‘Bereaved families will be the focus of proposed new cremation rules and a review of out-of-hours coroner services announced today by Justice Minister Caroline Dinenage.’

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Ministry of Justice, 8th July 2015

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Jean Charles de Menezes: European court to hear human rights challenge – The Guardian

‘The family of Jean Charles de Menezes will challenge the decision not to bring charges over his death at the European court of human rights (ECHR) on Wednesday.’

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The Guardian, 10th June 2015

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Prosecutors examining claims that police spied on sister after death of her brother – The Guardian

‘Prosecutors are examining allegations that police improperly monitored the sister of a former paratrooper who died on the floor of a police station.’

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The Guardian, 26th May 2015

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Mother in legal battle to bear dead daughter’s child – BBC News

Posted May 8th, 2015 in bereavement, children, consent, families, grandparents, news, pregnancy, surrogacy by tracey

‘A mother is launching a legal battle for possession of her dead daughter’s frozen eggs so that she can become pregnant with her own grandchild.’

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The Guardian, 8th May 2015

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Leapfrog granted: The death knell for Cookson v Knowles? – Cloisters

‘It has long been the case that the multiplier in a fatal accident claim is assessed at the date of death rather than at the date of trial: Cookson v Knowles [1979] AC 556. This is unlike the position in personal injury claims with living claimants where the multiplier is assessed at the date of trial.’

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Cloisters, 24th April 2015

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Theresa May admits justice system fails families over deaths in police custody – The Guardian

‘The criminal justice system makes is too hard for families whose loved ones have died in police custody to get answers, according to a candid letter written by the home secretary to two families affected by such deaths.’

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The Guardian, 19th April 2015

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