Mark Duggan coroner invites family to help shape police gun policy – The Guardian

Posted January 13th, 2014 in coroners, families, firearms, inquests, news, police, victims by tracey

‘The coroner in the Mark Duggan inquest is to invite the dead man’s family to help shape police firearms procedure. The senior circuit judge Keith Cutler, who is preparing recommendations on firearms procedure for the home secretary after issues raised at the inquest, described his decision to consult the family as “unusual, perhaps unique” but the right thing to do to achieve transparency.’

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The Guardian, 12th January 2014

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Solicitor jailed after stealing £2m from his clients and their families – Daily Telegraph

‘The victims of a corrupt solicitor and former Coroner who stole from their loved ones’ estates have been left asking how he managed to get away with it for so long.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th December 2013

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Coroner Alan Crickmore jailed for eight years over £2m theft – BBC News

Posted November 29th, 2013 in coroners, fraud, news, sentencing, theft by sally

“A former Gloucestershire coroner has been jailed for eight years for stealing £2m from clients, some of whom had died, at his solicitors practice.”

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BBC News, 28th November 2013

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Alexander Litvinenko inquest: high court halts lifting of secrecy order – The Guardian

Posted November 27th, 2013 in closed material, coroners, disclosure, inquests, intelligence services, murder, news, Russia by tracey

‘The government has won a high court order to prevent the partial lifting of a secrecy order affecting the proposed inquest into the death of former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko.’

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The Guardian, 27th November 2013

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Coroner Alan Crickmore pleads guilty to £2 million fraud of the dead – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 18th, 2013 in abuse of position of trust, coroners, executors, fraud, news, solicitors by tracey

“A coroner has pleaded guilty to a £2 million fraud which saw him steal some of the money from the estates of the dead.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th October 2013

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New reforms to increase diversity of coroners – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 14th, 2013 in barristers, coroners, diversity, legal executives, news, solicitors by sally

“Changes designed to increase the diversity of coroners and competition for positions, have been announced by new Justice Minister Shailesh Vara.”

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Ministry of Justice, 14th October 2013

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Jimmy Mubenga coroner issues damning report on deportations – The Guardian

“A coroner who oversaw the inquest into the death of the Angolan deportee Jimmy Mubenga has issued a highly critical report that raises a series of concerns about the way the government and private contractors deport people from the UK.”

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The Guardian, 4th August 2013

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Coroner advised by ombudsman over transgender teacher comments – Daily Telegraph

“A coroner who wrote to the Culture Secretary to express his disgust at the press following the death of a transgender teacher has been criticised by the Office for Judicial Complaints.”

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd August 2013

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Coroner’s court overhaul begins in England and Wales – BBC News

Posted July 25th, 2013 in codes of practice, coroners, courts, delay, inquests, news by tracey

“Most inquests in England and Wales will be completed within six months
under a new code of standards for coroners which has come into effect.”

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BBC News, 25th July 2013

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Dr David Kelly: 10 years on, death of scientist remains unresolved for some – The Guardian

Posted July 17th, 2013 in BBC, coroners, evidence, inquiries, Iraq, news, suicide, war, weapons, whistleblowers by sally

“Death of WMD dossier scientist contributed to erosion of trust in politics.”

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The Guardian, 16th July 2013

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Litvinenko public inquiry blocked by government – BBC News

Posted July 12th, 2013 in coroners, inquiries, murder, news, poisoning, spying by tracey

“The government has refused a request to hold a public inquiry into the death of ex-KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko, the coroner has announced.”

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BBC News, 12th July 2013

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New coroner rules aim to reduce inquest delays – BBC News

Posted July 4th, 2013 in codes of practice, coroners, delay, inquests, news, time limits by sally

“Coroners in England and Wales will have to meet a new code of standards to make inquests more efficient.”

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BBC News, 4th July 2013

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The good Samaritan doctor and the Human Tissue Act – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted June 27th, 2013 in blood products, coroners, doctors, human tissue, news by sally

“You would have thought the law would be entirely behind a person who intervenes to help a stranger in distress. Indeed most civil law countries impose a positive duty to rescue, which means that if a person finds someone in need of medical help, he or she must take all reasonable steps to seek medical care and render best-effort first aid. A famous example of this was the investigation into the photographers at the scene of Lady Diana’s fatal car accident: they were suspected of violation of the French law of “non-assistance à personne en danger” (deliberately failing to provide assistance to a person in danger), which can be punished by up to 5 years imprisonment and a fine of up to 70,000 euros. But the position in common law countries like the UK and the United States is completely different: you can watch a child drown and not be held to account.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 26th June 2013

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Call for resuscitation clarity after ‘disturbing’ death – BBC News

Posted June 19th, 2013 in care homes, coroners, hospitals, medical records, news by sally

“Five organisations have received coroner’s letters highlighting the ‘disturbing’ death of a woman after paramedics were called to a care home.”

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BBC News, 19th June 2013

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Coroner calls for Alexander Litvinenko inquiry – The Independent

Posted June 6th, 2013 in coroners, disclosure, evidence, inquiries, murder, news, poisoning, spying by sally

“The coroner presiding over the inquest into the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko has called on the government to replace it with a public inquiry.”

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The Independent, 5th June 2013

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Hillsborough inquests to be heard by jury – BBC News

Posted June 5th, 2013 in coroners, inquests, juries, news, police, sport by sally

“Fresh inquests into the deaths of the 96 Hillsborough victims will be held before a jury, a coroner has confirmed.”

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BBC News, 5th June 2013

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Lucy Meadows coroner tells press: ‘shame on you’ – The Guardian

Posted May 29th, 2013 in coroners, inquests, media, news, suicide by sally

“A coroner told the press ‘shame on all of you’ as he ruled that a primary school teacher had killed herself after her gender reassignment became national news.”

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The Guardian, 28th May 2013

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Lord Justice Goldring to act as coroner for Hillsborough inquests – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted February 13th, 2013 in coroners, health & safety, inquests, news, sport, victims by sally

“Lord Justice Goldring has been appointed by the Coroners for the South Yorkshire (East) and the West Yorkshire (West) Districts as an Assistant Deputy Coroner for the purpose of conducting the inquests into the deaths of the 96 people in the Hillsborough disaster.”

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 13th February 2013

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Submarine shooting: coroner calls on navy to introduce breath-testing – The Guardian

Posted January 14th, 2013 in alcohol abuse, armed forces, coroners, disciplinary procedures, inquests, murder, news by tracey

“A coroner has said he would recommend random breath-testing for navy personnel following the shooting dead of an officer by a drunk submariner on a nuclear-powered submarine.”

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The Guardian, 14th January 2013

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The 21st Century Coroner – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 1st, 2012 in coroners, inquests, judges, news by sally

“The Coroners and Justice Act 2009 has created the office of Chief Coroner, plucked at the very last minute from the Coalition’s ‘bonfire of the quangos’. On Friday, the first Chief Coroner, His Honour Judge Peter Thornton QC, delivered The Howard League for Penal Reform’s 2012 Parmoor Lecture.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 31st October 2012

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com