Bar Council and Criminal Bar Association Express Concerns Over Coroners and Justice Bill – The Bar Council

Posted January 26th, 2009 in coroners, criminal justice, press releases by sally

“The Bar Council and the Criminal Bar Association have voiced their concerns over the Coroners and Justice Bill, which receives its Second Reading in the House of Commons on Monday.”

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The Bar Council, 25th January 2009

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Charter for the bereaved offers families better service in coroners reforms – Ministry of Justice

Posted January 15th, 2009 in complaints, coroners, press releases by sally

“Bereaved families will have access to a new appeals and complaints system under a new ‘Charter for the Bereaved’ announced today in Parliament as part of the Coroners and Justice Bill published by the Justice Secretary Jack Straw.”

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Ministry of Justice, 14th January 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Jack Straw: new laws focus on victims of crime and the bereaved – Ministry of Justice

Posted January 14th, 2009 in coroners, news, victims, witnesses by sally

“Modernisation of the coroners system and better protection for witnesses during criminal investigations were amongst the new measures announced by Justice Secretary Jack Straw in Parliament today when he published the Coroners and Justice Bill.”

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Ministry of Justice, 14th January 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Why only radical reform will regain the public’s confidence – The Times

Posted December 18th, 2008 in coroners, inquests, news by sally

“The inquest into the death of Jean Charles de Menezes illustrates dramatically a serious flaw in the framework governing coroners’ investigations — the inclusion in inquest findings of short-form verdicts such as accidental death, misadventure, natural causes, lawful killing and unlawful killing.”

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The Times, 18th December 2008

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Mother’s campaign changes the law – BBC News

Posted December 5th, 2008 in burials and cremation, coroners, news by sally

“A Dorset mother forced to wait 18 months to bury her two-year-old son has been celebrating after her six-year campaign led to a change in the law.”

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BBC News, 4th December 2008

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Fees and allowances payable at inquest – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 1st, 2008 in coroners, fees, inquests, press releases by sally

“The Ministry of Justice has published details of revised fees and allowances payable by the coroner on holding inquests.”

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Ministry of Justice, 1st October 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Relatives will be able to challenge coroner – The Times

Posted September 1st, 2008 in appeals, coroners, inquests, news by sally

“Bereaved relatives are to have a new right of appeal regarding inquest rulings, under an extensive reform of the coroners’ system.”

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The Times, 1st September 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Police criticised over Whitear drug death – The Guardian

Posted July 18th, 2008 in coroners, drug abuse, news, police by sally

“The family of heroin addict Rachel Whitear yesterday vowed to continue to fight to find out how she died after an official report concluded that police botched the initial investigation into her death.”

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The Guardian, 18th July 2008

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Coroner reform: stronger powers give families more involvement – Ministry of Justice

Posted June 27th, 2008 in coroners, press releases by sally

“New coroners’ powers to help prevent avoidable deaths were announced today (26 June) by Justice Minister Bridget Prentice in response to views expressed by bereaved families.”

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Ministry of Justice, 26th June 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Reporting deaths to the coroner and modernisation cremation regulations – Ministry of Justice

Posted May 21st, 2008 in burials and cremation, coroners, news by sally

“Bridget Prentice has made a written ministerial statement on the statutory duty to report deaths to the coroner and the modernisation and consolidation of the cremation regulations.”

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Ministry of Justice, 21st May 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Draft legislative programme: new proposals to empower the individual – Ministry of Justice

Posted May 15th, 2008 in constitutional law, coroners, victims, witnesses by sally

“New proposals to give greater protection to victims and witnesses in court are among those set out in the Ministry of Justice’s contribution to the Draft Legislative Programme announced by the Prime Minister today.”

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Ministry of Justice, 14th May 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Related link: Preparing Britain for the Future – the Draft Legislative Programme 2008-09 (PDF)

Relatives’ champion who took the fight to ministers – The Times

Posted April 14th, 2008 in coroners, special report by sally

“Rarely a month goes by without a damning inquest verdict from Andrew Walker, highlighting failures by the Ministry of Defence.”

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The Times, 12th April 2008

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High Court rejects MoD attempt to ‘gag’ outspoken coroners over defence failures – The Times

Posted April 11th, 2008 in armed forces, coroners, news by sally

“The Government suffered its second important legal defeat in 24 hours today when a High Court judge rejected an attempt by Des Browne, the Defence Secretary, to ban coroners using phrases such as “serious failure” in their verdicts on dead soldiers.”

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The Times, 11th April 2008

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Coroner reform changes – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 28th, 2008 in coroners, press releases by sally

“Justice Minister Bridget Prentice has said that the government remains committed to reforming the coroners system, placing the bereaved firmly at the centre of the process.”

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Ministry of Justice, 27th March 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

MoD in court bid to silence critical coroners – The Independent

Posted March 18th, 2008 in armed forces, coroners, news by sally

“Defence Secretary Des Browne yesterday asked the High Court to outlaw the use of language strongly critical of the MoD in inquest verdicts on soldiers who have died on active service.”

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The Independent, 18th March 2008

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Coroners resist plans to investigate long-term health threat from vCJD at postmortems – The Guardian

Posted February 11th, 2008 in CJD, coroners, news by sally

“Coroners are blocking government plans to test tens of thousands of bodies undergoing postmortem examinations each year for signs of variant CJD, the human form of BSE. Their involvement is essential for a research programme, backed by ministers, senior scientific advisers and an independent ethical committee, to establish the long-term public health threat from the incurable disease. Although only 166 people have so far died from vCJD in Britain, scientists are seeking to find out whether many more are unwittingly carrying the long-incubating condition, posing significant risk to others through surgery and blood transfusion.”

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The Guardian, 11th February 2008

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Diana’s inquest: is it money well spent? – The Times

Posted January 18th, 2008 in coroners, inquests, news by sally

“Despite all the flak the coroner chairing the inquest of the late Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed is making the best of a difficult job.”

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The Times, 17th January 2008

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Children’s bodies ferried miles for postmortems – The Guardian

Posted January 4th, 2008 in children, coroners, news by sally

“The bodies of children who die suddenly are being illegally transported hundreds of miles to have a postmortem examination because there are only 40 qualified paediatric pathologists, it is revealed today. The practice breaches the Coroner’s Rules, which make it illegal to move a body beyond an adjoining district to the one in which the death occurred.”

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The Guardian, 4th January 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Diana inquest judge attacks ‘rubbish’ laws – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 17th, 2007 in coroners, inquests, news by sally

“A judge has launched an extraordinary attack on the laws governing the inquest into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, describing them as ‘antiquated rubbish’.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th November 2007

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Families let down by lack of coroners reform – The Times

Posted November 8th, 2007 in armed forces, coroners, news by sally

“Bereaved relatives of fallen troops are dismayed that an expected Coroners Bill was left out of the Queen’s Speech.”

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The Times, 7th November 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk