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

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

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

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

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

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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

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Regina (Bennett) v. Inner South London Coroner, Officers A and B and Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, interested parties – Times Law Reports

Posted August 13th, 2007 in coroners, juries, law reports by sally

Whether jury can be trusted

Regina (Bennett) v Inner South London Coroner, Officers A and B and Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, interested parties

“While facts were for the jury, coroners were entitled to consider whether it was safe to leave a particular verdict on the evidence to the jury.”

The Times, 13th August 2007

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Military inquests to get more funds as Iraq death toll rises – The Times

Posted July 13th, 2007 in armed forces, coroners, inquests, news by sally

“Ministers bowed to pressure yesterday and promised to provide extra funding for hard-pressed coroners’ courts holding inquests into military deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

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The Times, 13th July 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Diana coroner rejects Queen call – BBC News

Posted July 9th, 2007 in coroners, inquests, news by michael

“The coroner for Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed’s inquests has said he will not involve the Queen or the Duke of Edinburgh in the case at this stage.”

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BBC News, 9th July 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

R (Pereira) v. HM Coroner for Inner South London and others – WLR Daily

Posted June 18th, 2007 in coroners, inquests, law reports by sally

R (Pereira) v. HM Coroner for Inner South London and others

“A coroner’s power to adjourn an inquest under s 16(1)(b) of the Coroner’s Act 1988 was discretionary. Where a reason not to adjourn had been established, a decision to do so made in the exercise of that discretion could not be impugned by way of judicial review provided that the decision had been made rationally, taking into account all relevant matters and in the light of the state’s duty to investigate a death under art 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights.”

WLR Daily, 14th June 2007

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

New Diana coroner thwarted in media ban – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 14th, 2007 in coroners, inquests, media, news by sally

“The new coroner for the inquest into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales yesterday pledged an “open, fair and transparent” inquiry – then immediately attempted to gag the press.”

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Daily Telegraph, 14th June 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Hearing due before Diana inquest – BBC News

Posted June 13th, 2007 in coroners, inquests, news by sally

“A preliminary hearing is due to be held to prepare the way for a full inquest into the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed.”

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BBC News, 13th June 2007

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Top judge is new Diana coroner – BBC News

Posted June 12th, 2007 in coroners, inquests, news by sally

“The new coroner for the inquests into the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed has been formally appointed.” 

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BBC News, 11th June 2007

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Reforms will not stop another Shipman, pathologist warns – The Guardian

Posted May 17th, 2007 in coroners, news by sally

“A pathologist involved in the Harold Shipman murder case today launched a stinging attack on the government’s proposed reforms to the coroner system, claiming they will do nothing to prevent another such killer.”

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The Guardian, 17th May 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Diana inquest judge quits, admitting she was the wrong person for the job – The Times

Posted April 25th, 2007 in coroners, inquests, news by sally

“The inquests of Diana, Princess of Wales, and Dodi Fayed suffered a fresh blow yesterday when Baroness Butler-Sloss dramatically announced that she was stepping down as coroner.”

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The Times, 25th April 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Butler-Sloss to step down as Diana coroner – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 24th, 2007 in coroners, inquests, news by sally

“Baroness Butler-Sloss is to step down as coroner for the Diana inquest, it was announced today.”

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Daily Telegraph, 24th April 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk