Mother of Azelle Rodney still waiting for justice nine years after her son was gunned down by police – The Independent

‘A public inquiry ruled his death unlawful, but his family is still in a ‘black hole’.’

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The Independent, 29th April 2014

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Mikaeel Kular: Warren Butler sentenced for offensive Facebook posts – BBC News

‘A soldier has been called a “disgrace” for posting offensive Facebook messages over the death of a three-year-old boy. Warren Butler, 19, from Carlisle, was handed a 16-week sentence, suspended for 18 months and ordered to complete 250 hours community service.’

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BBC News, 11th March 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Crime victims allowed to challenge prosecutors – The Guardian

“Victims are to be given new rights to challenge the Crown Prosecution Service’s decision not to charge a suspect or to drop a prosecution.”

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The Guardian, 5th June 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ending the postcode lottery for inquests – Ministry of Justice

“Supporting bereaved families during an inquest will be at the heart of the new coroner system in England and Wales, Justice Minister Helen Grant said today.”

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Ministry of Justice, 1st March 2013

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Improving inquests – Ministry of Justice

“Supporting bereaved families during an inquest will be at the heart of the new coroner system.”

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Ministry of Justice, 1st March 2013

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Husband tricked into believing wife’s children were his awarded £25,000 damages – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 14th, 2013 in bereavement, damages, deceit, DNA, news, paternity by tracey

“A husband has won £25,000 in damages for ‘bereavement’ after his wife tricked him into believing children whom he raised until they were teenagers were his rather than the products of affairs.”

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Daily Telegraph, 13th January 2013

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Minister: Coroner reforms will put needs of bereaved first – Ministry of Justice

Posted September 7th, 2011 in bereavement, coroners, inquests, news by sally

“Reforms to the coroner system will ensure that inquests are more timely, more efficient and more effective, Minister Jonathan Djanogly said.”

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Ministry of Justice, 6th September 2011

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Criminal Bar Association Calls for Further Engagement Over the Treatment of Families Bereaved by Homicide – The Bar Council

Posted July 7th, 2011 in barristers, bereavement, families, homicide, news, victims by sally

“The Criminal Bar Association, which represents criminal barristers in England and Wales, has marked the release of the Victim Commissioner’s Review into the Needs of Families Bereaved by Homicide by urging fair treatment for all involved in the criminal justice system.”

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The Bar Council, 6th July 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Judicial response to Victims Commissioner’s Report, Review into the Needs of Families Bereaved by Homicide – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted July 7th, 2011 in bereavement, homicide, judiciary, news, reports, victims by sally

“This review by the Commissioner for Victims and Witnesses raises issues that need debating, especially in the light of recent cases. The judiciary will give this report close attention alongside the draft Directive on victims issued by the Commission in May which they are already considering carefully.”

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 6th July 2011

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Clarke announces additional funding to help victims of homicide – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 6th, 2011 in bereavement, homicide, news, victims by sally

“Justice Secretary, Kenneth Clarke, has announced an additional £500,000 to help victims of homicide, following the publication of the Victims Commissioner’s report today.”

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Ministry of Justice, 6th July 2011

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

DPP responds to Louise Casey report with enhanced service to bereaved families – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted July 6th, 2011 in bereavement, courts, Crown Prosecution Service, families, murder, news, victims by sally

“The Crown Prosecution Service is extending its service for bereaved families at court, announced the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, today. He also welcomed the Victims Commissioners report: Review into the Needs of Families Bereaved by Homicide.”

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Crown Prosecution Service, 6th July 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Murder victims’ families treated awfully in court warns Louise Casey – The Guardian

Posted July 6th, 2011 in bereavement, families, murder, news, victims by sally

“The families of murder victims receive worse treatment from the courts than the rich and wealthy who want to protect their privacy and they need a statutory ‘victims’ law’ to protect their rights.”

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The Guardian, 5th July 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Victims’ Commissioner highlights financial costs for bereaved families – Ministry of Justice

Posted May 11th, 2011 in bereavement, debts, murder, news, victims by sally

“Families who have lost loved ones under terrible circumstances are facing costs of £37,000 on average as they struggle to pick up the pieces, according to figures released today.”

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Ministry of Justice, 11th May 2011

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Key and another v Key and others – WLR Daily

Posted March 11th, 2010 in bereavement, law reports, mental health, probate, wills by sally

Key and another v Key and others [2010] EWHC 408 (Ch); [2010] WLR (D) 69

 “Although affective disorder such as depression, including that caused by bereavement, was more likely to affect powers of decision-making than comprehension, the effect of bereavement on a testator’s mind was a factor to be taken into account when deciding whether he had capacity to make a will and was capable of impairing testamentary capacity.”

WLR Daily, 9th March 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

APIL attacks government over eligibility for bereavement damages – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 16th, 2010 in bereavement, damages, Law Commission, news by sally

“The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has criticised the government for ignoring Law Commission recommendations to increase general damages in personal injury cases.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 15th February 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Draft Charter for Bereaved People – Ministry of Justice

Posted June 19th, 2008 in bereavement, news by sally

“The Charter for Bereaved People brings together many of the services bereaved people will receive from coroners in a reformed system. It will be enabled by the Coroners and Death Certification Bill and will have the status of statutory guidance.”

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Ministry of Justice, 18th June 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Related link: Draft charter for bereaved people (PDF)