Coroner who refuses to let Jewish or Muslim burials skip the queue accused of breaching human rights – Daily Telegraph

‘A coroner who refuses to allow Jews or Muslims to skip the burial queue has been accused of breaching human rights laws at the High Court.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th March 2018

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Chief coroner considers ‘cab rank’ burial rule to be unlawful – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 2nd, 2018 in burials and cremation, coroners, delay, islamic law, Judaism, judicial review, news by tracey

‘The law firm challenging a coroner’s policy of applying a “cab rank” rule for burials by refusing to prioritise them on religious grounds has welcomed what he describes as the chief coroner’s “support”.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 1st March 2018

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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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Still-births; time to pass responsibility to Coroners? – Park Square Barristers

Posted December 8th, 2017 in anonymity, birth, coroners, inquests, judicial review, news by sally

‘On 17th May this year I discussed the Court of Appeal decision in the tragic case of R (on the application of T) v HM SENIOR CORONER FOR THE COUNTY OF WEST YORKSHIRE (2017) EWCA Civ 318 in which the Court of Appeal were asked to deal with an application for judicial review of two decisions of the West Yorkshire Coroner; first to hold an Inquest into the death of a baby who may or may not have been born alive and second not to grant an anonymity order to the baby’s mother. ‘

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Park Square Barristers, 5th December 2017

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Coroners could get powers to probe stillbirths, in bid to tackle Britain’s poor maternity safety record – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 28th, 2017 in birth, coroners, health, inquests, news by sally

‘Coroners should be granted powers to investigate stillbirths, in bid to prevent the number of “heartbreaking” blunders in childbirth, Jeremy Hunt will say today.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th November 2017

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Ann Maguire murder: Coroner issues Facebook contracts plea – BBC News

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in children, coroners, internet, murder, news, parental responsibility, teachers by sally

‘A coroner has called for the creation of social media “contracts” for parents after it emerged a teacher’s murderer discussed killing her on Facebook.’

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BBC News, 22nd 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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Deaths and serious incidents in police custody – Home Office

Posted November 6th, 2017 in coroners, death in custody, police, reports, restraint, suicide by tracey

‘The review’s aims included examining the procedures and processes surrounding deaths and serious incidents in police custody, including the lead up to such incidents and the immediate aftermath, through to the conclusion of official investigations. The report makes 110 recommendations.’

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Home Office, 30th November 2017

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Home Office to review air weapons regulation in England and Wales – Home Office

Posted October 11th, 2017 in coroners, government departments, licensing, press releases, weapons by tracey

‘The government is to review the regulation of air weapons licensing, following a request from the Suffolk coroner.’

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Home Office, 10th October 2017

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Families of people who died in police custody failed by system – report – The Guardian

‘A long-awaited unpublished official report into deaths in police custody says families who have lost loved ones have been failed by the system and recommends far-reaching reforms to the police, justice system and health service, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 4th September 2017

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Britons should stop getting so drunk during hen and stag parties, judge says – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 16th, 2017 in alcohol abuse, coroners, inquests, news, road traffic by sally

‘Britons should stop getting so drunk during hen and stag parties, a judge said yesterday during an inquest into the death of a reveller killed during a bachelor party in Budapest.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th August 2017

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Birmingham pub bombing families appeal for legal funding to name IRA suspects – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 7th, 2017 in coroners, identification, inquests, judicial review, news, terrorism by sally

‘Families of those killed in the IRA’s Birmingham pub bombings are crowdfunding a High Court challenge to try to overturn a coroner’s ban on naming the suspect bombers.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th August 2017

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Negligent hospitals to get free pass at inquests under costs cap – warning – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 31st, 2017 in compensation, coroners, costs, hospitals, inquests, negligence, news by sally

‘NHS hospitals responsible for patient deaths will get a free pass at inquests under Government proposals to cap legal costs, the lawyer for victims of the Bristol heart scandal has warned.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th July 2017

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Coroner calls for changes to treatment of child refugees after death of teenager – The Guardian

Posted July 6th, 2017 in children, coroners, immigration, news, refugees, young persons by sally

‘A coroner has called for changes to the way Home Office officials in Calais and Dunkirk deal with vulnerable child refugees after a 17-year-old Kurdish refugee fled Isis in Iraq only to be crushed under the wheels of a lorry while trying to seek sanctuary in the UK.’

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The Guardian, 5th July 2017

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Inquest touching on the death of BT – Park Square Barristers

Posted July 5th, 2017 in coroners, inquests, medicines, news by sally

‘BT was found deceased by her partner and carer, S, on the morning of 5th June 2016.

She had an extremely complicated medical history that included diabetes, obstructive sleep apnoea, schizoaffective disorder and dissociative disorder, epilepsy, migraines and asthma.’

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Park Square Barristers, 27th June 2017

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Coroner’s conundrums: born alive or still-birth, and mother’s anonymity – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 8th, 2017 in anonymity, birth, coroners, judicial review, jurisdiction, news by sally

‘A 19-year old mother went into hospital, with a shoebox. In the shoebox was the 6-days dead body of her daughter. She told the hospital and the police that she had been raped, hence the shame about reporting the death. She had given birth in her bedroom at home, and she said that the baby had been cold when born.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 6th May 2017

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Court of Appeal delivers landmark ruling in ‘state detention’ inquest case – Local Government Lawyer

‘A woman with a learning disability who died whilst in the intensive care unit of a hospital was not in ‘state detention’, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th January 2017

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Suicide is a national crisis. The law must stop hiding its true extent – The Guardian

Posted January 10th, 2017 in coroners, mental health, news, standard of proof, statistics, suicide, young persons by sally

‘It’s the UK’s leading cause of death for young people, but the way suicides are recorded may reduce the true number by 30-50% while perpetuating stigma.’

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The Guardian, 9th January 2017

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Deprivation of liberty under scrutiny at Court of Appeal – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Two years after a Supreme Court landmark ruling led to a surge in applications by local authorities for deprivations of liberty under the Mental Capacity Act, the Court of Appeal is to rule on whether a patient in intensive care can be considered to be in state detention.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 14th December 2016

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Camber Sands deaths: coroner to investigate public safety measures – The Guardian

Posted November 2nd, 2016 in coroners, expert witnesses, health & safety, holidays, inquests, news by tracey

‘A coroner has said he owes it to the community to investigate what public safety measures could be used at a beach where seven people died in two separate incidents in the summer.’

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The Guardian, 1st November 2016

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