Liability of magistrates, coroners and quasi-judicial bodies for costs – Park Square Barristers

Posted September 4th, 2015 in commons, coroners, costs, land registration, magistrates, news, tribunals by sally

‘“Litigation is a hazardous and expensive business.”

Thus began the skeleton argument of my opponent in the Paddico case which I refer to below. He was (and remains) a leading counsel with a high reputation in the field of property work and he was, of course, correct.’

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Park Square Barristers, 11th August 2015

Source: www.parksquarebarristers.co.uk

Coroners must send bodies for scans rather than autopsies if religion demands they stay intact, High Court rules – The Independent

Posted July 29th, 2015 in coroners, human rights, human tissue, injunctions, judicial review, news by sally

‘Coroners must send bodies for scans or blood tests rather than carry out invasive autopsies if the deceased’s religion demands the corpse must stay intact, the High Court has ruled, in a landmark legal victory for the religious rights of Jews and Muslims.’
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The Independent, 28th July 2015

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Bereaved to benefit from action on cremation and coroner services – Ministry of Justice

‘Bereaved families will be the focus of proposed new cremation rules and a review of out-of-hours coroner services announced today by Justice Minister Caroline Dinenage.’

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Ministry of Justice, 8th July 2015

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Coroner in SAS inquest blocks release of witness statements – The Guardian

‘A coroner hearing the inquest of three men who suffered fatal heat illness during an SAS training march in south Wales has refused to allow the release of witness statements, concluding that their publication could threaten any future criminal prosecutions. The Guardian and other media organisations argued that in the interest of open justice, statements taken by detectives investigating the tragedy on the Brecon Beacons and provided to the inquest should be released to allow the proceedings to be reported fully.’

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The Guardian, 19th June 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Relatives of dementia sufferers who die in care homes having to wait months to bury loved ones thanks to new Government rules – The Independent

‘Relatives of dementia sufferers who pass away in care homes are being forced to wait months to bury loved ones because of new rules.’

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The Independent, 28th May 2015

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Glen Parva criticised over Greg Revell death – BBC News

Posted April 20th, 2015 in coroners, death in custody, inquests, news, ombudsmen, prisons, suicide, young offenders by sally

‘A coroner has criticised a young offenders’ institution for failing to identify the risk to an 18-year-old remand prisoner who hanged himself.’

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BBC News, 18th April 2015

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Death certificate changes urged by top pathologist – BBC News

Posted January 21st, 2015 in community service, coroners, doctors, documents, families, inquiries, murder, news by sally

‘It is “incomprehensible” that the death certificates system has not been reformed since the conviction of Harold Shipman, a leading pathologist says.’

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BBC News, 21st January 2015

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Rape victims will be warned of defence lawyer tactics under new guidelines – Daily Telegraph

‘Director of Public Prosecutions launches controversial new guidelines intended to help victims and witnesses through giving evidence in court.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th January 2015

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Ex-coroner John Owen jailed for five years for £1m theft – BBC News

‘The former coroner for Carmarthenshire who stole £1m from a dead man’s estate to “prop up” his struggling law firm has been jailed for five years.’

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BBC News, 14th November 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Coroner investigates death of woman treated by dentist at centre of alert – The Guardian

Posted November 13th, 2014 in coroners, dentists, health, news, professional conduct, whistleblowers by tracey

‘Investigation trying to establish whether there are any links between 23-year-old woman’s death and the treatment she received.’

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The Guardian, 12th November 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Jade Anderson inquest: Coroner calls for dog licences – BBC News

Posted October 27th, 2014 in children, coroners, dogs, homicide, inquests, licensing, negligence, news, suspended sentences by sally

‘A coroner has criticised dangerous dog laws and called for dog licences to be reintroduced after a 14-year-old girl was savaged to death.’

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BBC News, 24th October 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Regina (Duggan) v Her Majesty’s Assistant Deputy Coroner For the Northern District of Greater London and others – WLR Daily

Regina (Duggan) v Her Majesty’s Assistant Deputy Coroner For the Northern District of Greater London and others [2014] EWHC 3343 (Admin); [2014] WLR (D) 431

‘A conclusion of lawful killing made by a coroner’s court meant that a death was recognised as one that would amount to the crime of murder, manslaughter or infanticide but for the presence of an additional factor which justified it.’

WLR Daily, 14th October 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Mark Duggan’s family lose attempt to overturn inquest verdict – The Guardian

Posted October 14th, 2014 in appeals, coroners, inquests, jury directions, news, self-defence, unlawful killing by sally

‘The family of Mark Duggan have lost their attempt to overturn an inquest verdict that the police shooting of their loved one was a lawful killing.’

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The Guardian, 14th October 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Winehouse row coroner sanctioned by SRA – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 8th, 2014 in coroners, employment, inquests, news, Solicitors Regulation Authority by sally

‘The coroner whose improper appointment of his wife led to the inquest into the death of singer Amy Winehouse being reheard has been sanctioned by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 7th October 2014

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

DPP to examine treatment of witnesses after abuse victim’s death – The Guardian

‘The director of public prosecutions (DPP) said she recognised the “real issue” over whether victims and witnesses are treated fairly after the death of a sex abuse victim sparked calls for reform.’

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The Guardian, 27th July 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Mark Duggan case goes back to court – The Guardian

Posted July 9th, 2014 in appeals, coroners, firearms, inquests, juries, news by sally

‘The mother of Mark Duggan, whose fatal shooting by police in London sparked nationwide riots, is challenging an inquest verdict of lawful killing.’

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The Guardian, 9th July 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Mark Duggan death: Shooting ‘not rigorously examined’ – BBC News

‘The coroner at the inquest into the death of Mark Duggan, who was shot dead by police in 2011, has published a series of “concerns” about the case.’

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BBC News, 4th June 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Regina (Revenue and Customs Commissioners) v Her Majesty’s Coroner for the City of Liverpool (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers intervening) – WLR Daily

Posted May 29th, 2014 in coroners, HM Revenue & Customs, industrial injuries, inquests, law reports by michael

Regina (Revenue and Customs Commissioners) v Her Majesty’s Coroner for the City of Liverpool (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers intervening) [2014] EWHC 1586 (Admin);  [2014] WLR (D)  226

‘The Revenue and Customs Commissioners were bound, by necessary implication, to comply with a notice issued by a coroner pursuant to Schedule 5 to the Coroners and Justice Act 2009, requiring them to provide an occupational history in respect of a deceased person.’

WLR Daily, 21st May 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

The Killing of Blair Peach – London Review of Books

Posted May 16th, 2014 in coroners, demonstrations, inquests, news, police, reports by sally

‘‘As a campaign meeting, it must have been one of the biggest yet, a hundred National Front supporters, three and a half thousand police and thousands of Asian demonstrators.’ This was the way News at Ten began its report of the clashes in Southall on 23 April 1979, midway through the general election campaign that would end with the victory of Margaret Thatcher. The report contained footage of police officers arresting middle-aged men in turbans, women sitting down in the road and demonstrators with their heads swaddled in bandages. The final images showed around twenty NF supporters, all men, giving Nazi salutes as they went into Southall Town Hall.’

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London Review of Books, 22nd May 2014

Source: www.lrb.co.uk

Backlog in coroners’ courts: Bereaved families wait up to seven years for inquests – The Independent

Posted April 14th, 2014 in bereavement, coroners, courts, delay, inquests, news by sally

‘A new standards code calls for investigations to be completed within six months.’

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The Independent, 13th April 2014

Source: www.independent.co.uk