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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Duggan inquest: family win right to challenge coroner’s direction to jury – The Guardian

Posted April 8th, 2014 in appeals, coroners, inquests, news, unlawful killing by sally

‘The family of Mark Duggan whose shooting by the Metropolitan police sparked riots across the country in 2011 have won the right to challenge a coroner’s directions to the jury that concluded the officer’s actions were lawful.’

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The Guardian, 8th April 2014

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How not to get a pre-inquest review wrong – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 28th, 2014 in coroners, expert witnesses, inquests, medicines, news by sally

‘This is the sad tale of a young woman aged 31 dying in mysterious circumstances where the inquest went off entirely on the wrong footing. Joanne Foreman was not a diabetic but lived with a young boy who was. It was suspected that on the night before she died she had drunk heavily and then injected herself with insulin. The inquest proceeded on this basis. Nobody told the expert that the paramedics had taken a blood glucose from Joanne, which was entirely normal. Once this was known, it was obvious that the court would quash the findings at inquest and order a new inquest.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 25th February 2014

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Bereaved families at the heart of the coroner system – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 26th, 2014 in bereavement, coroners, families, inquests, reports by tracey

‘Bereaved loved ones will be put at the heart of the coroner system, Justice Minister Simon Hughes said today as he launched a new guide for people who have to become involved with inquests.’

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Ministry of Justice, 24th February 2014

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

Publication of reports to prevent future deaths – CrimeLine

Posted January 14th, 2014 in coroners, news, publishing, reports by tracey

‘Reports made by coroners to help prevent future deaths will be routinely published online for the first time today (Tuesday 14th January). Following an inquest a coroner may make a report to a person, organisation, local authority or government department or agency with a view to preventing future deaths (a PFD report). From today the Chief Coroner’s office will publish PFD (preventing future deaths) reports made by coroners on the judiciary website and for the first time the public will have access to these reports online in a readable and searchable format.’

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CrimeLine, 14th January 2014

Source: www.crimeline.info