Judge agrees to judicial review of ‘cab rank’ rule for unexplained deaths – The Guardian

Posted February 5th, 2018 in burials and cremation, complaints, coroners, Islam, Judaism, news by sally

‘A high court judge has granted an application for a judicial review of a senior coroner’s “cab rank” policy in dealing with unexpected deaths, saying it raises issues of importance to Jewish and Muslim communities.’

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The Guardian, 2nd February 2018

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Alternative cremation option “on hold” – Law & Religion UK

Posted December 21st, 2017 in burials and cremation, news, regulations, water, water companies by tracey

‘On 18 December 2017 the BBC reported ‘Water cremation’ plans on hold over environmental fears following an earlier refusal* by Severn Trent Water to grant a trade effluent permit to Sandwell Council who wished to operate an alkaline hydrolysis plant (“resomation”) for the disposal of human remains.’

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Law & Religion UK, 21st December 2017

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Burial law should be reformed to stop family rows, says Law Commission – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 15th, 2017 in burials and cremation, families, news, wills by tracey

‘The law must be changed to stop families ignoring the burial wishes of the dead, the Law Commission has said. Currently someone’s wishes have no legal standing even if expressed in a will and family members can overrule them after death if they decide to do something different.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th Decemeber2017

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Families buried wrong bodies after NHS mortuary mix-ups, study reveals – The Independent

Posted November 24th, 2017 in burials and cremation, hospitals, human tissue, mistake, news, reports by tracey

‘Families have been given the wrong bodies to bury or cremate due to serious errors in hospital mortuaries, a study has revealed. Analysis of 132 serious mortuary incidents reported by the NHS between 2002 and 2013 found nine cases where the wrong body was released and had to be exhumed after burial or cremation.’

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The Independent, 24th November 2017

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Aspects of burial law from Brady’s funeral judgment – Law & Religion UK

‘On 13 October, the High Court handed down the judgment Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council & Ors v Robin Makin & Ors [2017] EWHC Case No: HC-2017-002064 (Ch) concerning the arrangements for the disposal of the body of Ian Stewart-Brady, formerly Ian Brady (the “deceased”), one of the infamous Moors murderers. We posted some initial comments based upon the Court’s judgment and the Summary which it produced “to assist in understanding the Court’s decision”.’

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Law & Religion UK, 8th November 2017

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Law and religion round-up – 5th November – Law & Religion UK

‘A week in which the Westminster sexual exploitation scandal continued to claim scalps, there was an important report on House of Lords reform – and Brexit rumbled on’

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Law & Religion UK, 5th November 2017

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Body of Iraq WMD dossier scientist David Kelly exhumed – The Guardian

Posted October 30th, 2017 in burials and cremation, chemical weapons, inquests, Iraq, news, suicide by sally

‘The body of Dr David Kelly, the government chemical weapons expert who killed himself in 2003 after being outed as the source of a BBC story, has been exhumed, police have confirmed.’

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The Guardian, 29th October 2017

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Reuse of graves – further considerations – Law & Religion UK

Posted August 11th, 2017 in burials and cremation, faculties, news by tracey

‘Re St Peter Terwick [2017] ECC Chi 2 is a relatively straightforward case concerning the development of a churchyard through the re-use of land formerly used for burial. However, it is important since in addition to the Chancellor’s summary of the diminishing availability of space for burial, the judgment records “the exemplary manner in which the parish has set about converting its aspiration into reality”.’

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Law & Religion UK, 9th August 2017

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Ecclesiastical court judgments – July – Law & Religion UK

‘Review of the ecclesiastical court judgments during July 2017.’

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Law & Religion UK, 3rd August 2017

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Hull baby ashes inquiry: 57 parents not given ashes back – BBC News

‘Up to 57 families were not given the ashes of babies who were cremated, an investigation has found.’

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BBC News, 25th July 2017

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Ecclesiastical court judgments – June – Law & Religion UK

Posted July 3rd, 2017 in burials and cremation, ecclesiastical law, faculties, news by tracey

‘Review of the ecclesiastical court judgments during June 2017.’

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Law & Religion UK, 3rd July 2017

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Scattering Ian Brady’s ashes – Law & Religion UK

Posted May 17th, 2017 in burials and cremation, inquests, murder, news by sally

‘The inquest into the death of the remaining “Moors Murderer”, Ian Brady, commenced on 16 May 2017, and the BBC reported that his ashes would not to be scattered at Saddleworth Moor, the burial place of many of their victims. Senior coroner Christopher Sumner is reported as saying that “he knew he did not have the legal power to make such a request but believed it was the ‘correct moral judgement’”.’

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Law & Religion UK, 17th May 2017

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Ian Brady’s ashes must not be scattered on moor, says coroner – The Guardian

Posted May 17th, 2017 in burials and cremation, inquests, murder, news by sally

‘Ian Brady’s ashes must not be scattered on Saddleworth Moor, where he buried four of his child victims, a coroner has said.’

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The Guardian, 16th May 2017

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Councils ‘illegally moving dead bodies to cover up grave blunders’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 28th, 2017 in burials and cremation, ecclesiastical law, local government, news by tracey

‘Bodies are being illegally shifted by councils to cover up burial errors, a Church of England court has heard.
A judge criticised councils who secretly correct their mistakes by “sliding” bodies across in the ground without lifting them out.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th April 2017

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War graves lost as court gives council permission to bury civilians on top of World War I soldiers – Daily Telegraph

‘London council is to be allowed to bury people in land on top of war graves after a Church of England court gave it permission.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th March 2017

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Children: Private Law Update (February 2017) – Family Law Week

‘Alex Verdan QC of 4 Paper Buildings reviews recent important judgments in private law children cases.’

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Family Law Week, 28th February 2017

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Planning for Death, A Child’s Wishes and Re JS (Disposal of Body) [2016] EWHC 2859 (Fam) – Family Law Week

Posted December 16th, 2016 in burials and cremation, children, consent, human tissue, news, parental rights by tracey

‘Louise Spalding, Associate Solicitor with Mills & Reeve LLP, considers the court’s powers to enable a 14-year old girl to make preparations for the post-death disposal of her body.’

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Family Law Week, 15th December 2016

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Cryogenics case not a precedent – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 22nd, 2016 in burials and cremation, consent, human rights, human tissue, medical treatment, news by sally

‘A widely publicised family court ruling which had the effect of allowing the freezing of the body of a 14-year-old girl does not set any precedent about the rights and wrongs of cryopreservation, the judge in the case has suggested.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 18th November 2016

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Is There A Human Right To Cryogenically Freeze Your Body? – RightsInfo

‘The mother of a dying girl has been given the right to cryogenically freeze her daughter’s body after her death, in the hope that she will one day be resurrected and cured. What are the human rights implications?’

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RightsInfo, 18th November 2016

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Judge bans widow from erecting gravestone saying her epitaph is “oversentimental” – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 14th, 2016 in bereavement, burials and cremation, faculties, news by sally

‘A judge has banned a widow from carrying out her husband’s dying wish to place a headstone at his grave saying her loving epitaph to him is “over sentimental”.

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Daily Telegraph, 13th October 2016

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