The Coroner System in the 21st Century – Speech by His Honour Judge Peter Thornton QC, Chief Coroner

Posted October 26th, 2012 in coroners, speeches by tracey

“The Coroner system in the 21st Century – Chief Coroner Speech at Howard League dinner – 25 October 2012.”

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 25th October 2012

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Hillsborough: new chief coroner hints at inquest role – BBC News

Posted October 23rd, 2012 in coroners, health & safety, inquests, news, police, sport by sally

“For more than 700 years, coroners have investigated sudden and unexpected deaths in their own areas of England and Wales without the sort of hierarchy that governs other judicial officers. But last month the first chief coroner started work, with a brief to ensure that coroners are better trained and organised.”

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BBC News, 23rd October 2012

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Regina (Wilkinson) v HM Coroner for the Greater Manchester South District – WLR Daily

Posted October 15th, 2012 in careless driving, coroners, inquests, law reports, news, unlawful killing by tracey

Regina (Wilkinson) v HM Coroner for the Greater Manchester South District: [2012] EWHC 2755 (Admin);   [2012] WLR (D)  273

“Causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving contrary to section 2B of the Road Traffic Act 1988 should not be treated as ‘unlawful killing’ for the purposes of the conclusion of an inquest whatever conclusion might be reached in other contexts.”

WLR Daily, 11th October 2012

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Deaths in custody lessons are being ignored, says charity – The Guardian

Posted October 1st, 2012 in coroners, death in custody, enforcement, inquests, news by sally

“Lessons learned from deaths in police and prison custody are being repeatedly ignored or lost because there is no official body to enforce them, according to a charity that supports bereaved families at inquests.”

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The Guardian, 1st October 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Annual Conference: The Coroners’ Society of England and Wales – Speech by His Honour Judge Peter Thornton QC, Chief Coroner

Posted September 24th, 2012 in armed forces, coroners, custody, inquests, news, police by sally

Annual Conference: The Coroners’ Society of England and Wales (PDF)

Speech by His Honour Judge Peter Thornton QC, Chief Coroner

The Coroners’ Society of England and Wales, 21st September 2012

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Chief coroner plans specialist groups to investigate complex cases – The Guardian

Posted September 24th, 2012 in armed forces, coroners, custody, inquests, news, police by sally

“The first chief coroner of England and Wales has promised to establish a cadre of specialists to examine deaths in custody and military fatalities.”

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The Guardian, 21st September 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Inquiry into 2005 police shooting of ‘unarmed’ man – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 3rd, 2012 in coroners, evidence, homicide, inquests, inquiries, news, police by tracey

“An inquiry into the death of a 24-year-old who was shot six times by a police officer is due to begin today.”

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd September 2012

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Ambulance staff left brain injury man for 45 mins due to lunchbreak – Daily Telegraph

“Ambulance staff left an elderly man who had fallen over and sustained brain damage untreated for three quarters of an hour because paramedics were on a lunch break, an inquest has heard.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th July 2012

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Mark Duggan coroner threatens police watchdog over delays – The Guardian

Posted June 28th, 2012 in complaints, contempt of court, coroners, evidence, inquests, news, police by sally

“A coroner has threatened the Independent Police Complaints Commission with contempt of court for refusing to hand over material relating to their investigation into the police shooting of Mark Duggan.”

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The Guardian, 28th June 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Jury returns open verdict on prisoner hanged in cell – The Guardian

Posted June 26th, 2012 in bullying, coroners, death in custody, inquests, judicial review, news by sally

“An inquest jury has returned an open verdict on the death of a prisoner found hanged alone in his locked cell. Their decision came after a high court judge made an unusual intervention by forbidding the coroner from inviting the jury to consider verdicts of murder or manslaughter. The panel also found prison officers had turned a blind eye to the bullying of the inmate by other prisoners.”

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The Guardian, 26th June 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Thank god inquests are still open, but can we have some consistency please? – The Guardian

Posted June 6th, 2012 in coroners, criminal justice, inquests, judiciary, news, public interest by sally

“Thanks either to coalition politics or press pressure, proposals for ‘secret’ inquests were last week ceremoniously ditched from the justice and security bill.”

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The Guardian, 6th June 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Chief coroner of England and Wales to be appointed – BBC News

Posted May 22nd, 2012 in coroners, judges, news by sally

“The first chief coroner of England and Wales – tasked with setting new guidelines for coroners – will be appointed later.”

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BBC News, 22nd May 2012

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

“Murder most foul”: The right to life investigating homicide – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 2nd, 2012 in coroners, human rights, inquests, judicial review, murder, news by sally

“In what circumstances is a criminal trial not sufficient to discharge the State’s duties under Article 2, the right to life, towards a victim of murder? The High Court held last week in this tragic case that a Coroner unlawfully and unreasonably decided not to resume an inquest into the death of a teenage girl where her killer had been ruled unfit to plead at the Old Bailey and handed an indefinite hospital order.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 1st May 2012

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Amy Winehouse inquest put in doubt by coroner’s qualifications – The Guardian

Posted February 2nd, 2012 in coroners, inquests, news by sally

“A judicial investigation has been launched into the appointment of the coroner who chaired Amy Winehouse’s inquest, raising fears that the circumstances of the singer’s death might need to be examined again.

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The Guardian, 1st February 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Smiley Culture’s death in police raid does not justify charges, IPCC rules – The Guardian

Posted November 30th, 2011 in coroners, death in custody, inquiries, murder, news, police, private prosecutions by sally

“Police have been criticised by an independent watchdog for a botched raid that led to the death of reggae star Smiley Culture, it was revealed on Tuesday.”

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The Guardian, 29th November 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ken Clarke ditches plan to scrap chief coroner – The Guardian

Posted November 23rd, 2011 in armed forces, bills, budgets, coroners, inquests, news by sally

“Justice secretary abandons plan to abolish post amid heavy opposition from Royal British Legion.”

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The Guardian, 23rd November 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Chandler’s Ford robbers lawfully killed by Met Police – BBC News

Posted November 16th, 2011 in coroners, inquests, news, police, robbery by sally

“Two men shot dead by police as they robbed a security guard outside a bank were killed lawfully, an inquest jury has decided.”

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BBC News, 15th November 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Raoul Moat death was suicide, inquest jury rules – The Guardian

Posted September 28th, 2011 in coroners, inquests, news, police, suicide, weapons by sally

“The fugitive gunman Raoul Moat took his own life after police fired an unapproved Taser at him, an inquest jury decided on Tuesday. The jury concluded that the armed officers had behaved properly during the six-hour stand-off with the 37-year-old former bouncer at Rothbury, Northumberland, in July 2010.”

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The Guardian, 27th September 2011

Source: www.guardian.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

Fifth summary of coroners reports to prevent future deaths – Ministry of Justice

Posted August 18th, 2011 in coroners, news, reports by sally

“Announcement of the forthcoming publication of the fifth summary bulletin of coroners’ reports to prevent future deaths and responses.”

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Ministry of Justice, 17th August 2011

Source: www.justice.gov.uk