Families of 1974 bombings victims turn to crowdfunding after legal aid denied – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 16th, 2017 in costs, families, inquests, legal aid, legal representation, news by tracey

‘A campaign group is seeking funds to pay for a judicial review challenging the terms of reference of an inquest into the deaths of the Birmingham Pub Bombings victims after a request for legal aid was denied. Justice4the21 is asking legal professionals to donate what they can to fund a challenge to a coroner’s decision earlier this year to exclude the issue of who was responsible for the 1974 bombings.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 15th November 2017

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Mother killed herself after ‘serious failure’ by mental health unit – The guardian

Posted November 15th, 2017 in birth, hospitals, inquests, mental health, news, suicide by tracey

‘A mother who killed herself while suffering from postnatal depression died as a result of a “very serious failure” that allowed her to leave a mental health unit unchaperoned, a coroner has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 14th November 2017

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Inquiries into historical events have a troubled past: will history repeat itself?- UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 13th, 2017 in blood products, health, inquests, inquiries, legal history, news by tracey

‘The announcement of a statutory inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal may be a major step towards uncovering the truth for those affected. But an inquiry into historical events has its own unique challenges and potential pitfalls. Before it even commences, can the Government ensure the inquiry retains the confidence of victims, families and the public?’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 10th November 2017

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Brecon Beacons deaths: families dismayed at junior officers’ charges – The Guardian

Posted November 3rd, 2017 in armed forces, courts martial, health & safety, inquests, negligence, news by tracey

‘The families of three men who suffered fatal heat illness during an SAS training march in the Brecon Beacons have expressed dismay that two relatively junior special services soldiers face charges of neglect rather than more senior figures or Ministry of Defence officials.’

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The Guardian, 2nd November 2017

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Public Law Podcast Seminar on Radicalisation Part 2: Inquests and Article 2 ECHR – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 2nd, 2017 in death in custody, human rights, inquests, mental health, news, terrorism by tracey

‘Inquests and Article 2 ECHR – Caroline Cross and Suzanne Lambert

The highlights of the Public Law Seminar given by members of 1 Crown Office Row are now available for podcast download here or from iTunes under Law Pod UK, Episodes 13, 14 and 15. For non-Apple devices the podcasts are available via the Audioboom app.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 27th October 2017

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Official review backs ‘Hillsborough law’ proposals – The Guardian

Posted November 2nd, 2017 in bereavement, families, inquests, legal aid, legal representation, news, reports by tracey

‘An official review of the Hillsborough families’ 27-year ordeal since the 1989 disaster has recommended that bereaved families must have funding for full legal representation at inquests where public authorities are represented.’

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The Guardian, 1st November 2017

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Guildford pub bombings: Legal bid to reopen inquests – BBC News

Posted November 1st, 2017 in inquests, news, terrorism by sally

‘Lawyers have applied to a coroner to reopen the inquests of victims of the 1974 Guildford pub bombings.’

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BBC News, 1st November 2017

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Body of Iraq WMD dossier scientist David Kelly exhumed – The Guardian

Posted October 30th, 2017 in burials and cremation, chemical weapons, inquests, Iraq, news, suicide by sally

‘The body of Dr David Kelly, the government chemical weapons expert who killed himself in 2003 after being outed as the source of a BBC story, has been exhumed, police have confirmed.’

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The Guardian, 29th October 2017

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Law Pod UK Ep. 15: Inquests and Article Two – 1 COR

Posted October 30th, 2017 in EC law, human rights, inquests, news, treaties by sally

‘Caroline Cross and Rachel Marcus look at the link between inquests and Article Two of the European Convention on Human Rights. Recorded at the 2017 Public Law event at King’s College London.’

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Law Pod UK, 17th October 2017

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Birmingham pub bombings: Families to challenge inquest ruling – BBC News

Posted October 23rd, 2017 in appeals, explosives, families, inquests, news, victims by sally

‘Families of victims of the Birmingham pub bombings have been granted permission to challenge a coroner who ruled out naming alleged suspects during inquests into the tragedy.’

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BBC News, 20th October 2017

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We need openness, not the “team view”, senior judges tell experts – Litigation Futures

Posted September 26th, 2017 in criminal justice, expert witnesses, inquests, news by sally

‘Senior judges have called on expert witnesses to show greater openness and avoid “hiding behind the team view”.’

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Litigation Futures, 25th September 2017

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Transgender teenager who killed himself ‘was angry at school’ over name change – The Guardian

Posted September 1st, 2017 in change of name, inquests, news, school children, suicide, transsexuals by sally

‘A transgender teenager who killed himself “was angry with [his] school” after it refused to grant him permission to officially change his name, an inquest into his death has heard.’

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The Guardian, 1st September 2017

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Inquests open into deaths of four Grenfell Tower fire victims – The Guardian

Posted August 24th, 2017 in adjournment, fire, inquests, news by sally

‘The inquests of four people who died in the Grenfell Tower fire were opened at Westminster coroner’s court on Wednesday.’

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The Guardian, 23rd August 2017

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Inquests: Can the costs of representation be recovered? Kate Wilson discusses – Park Square Barristers

Posted August 22nd, 2017 in costs, inquests, legal representation, news by sally

‘Coroners have no power to award costs of legal advice or representation at inquests. Where a successful civil claim follows, parties will naturally wish to recover the costs of the inquests as well as the costs of the civil proceedings from the losing party. The starting point is Section 51 of the Supreme Court Act 1981 which enables the court to award costs “of and incidental to” civil proceedings.’

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Park Square Barristers, 10th August 2017

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Mother wins MoD apology over ‘Snatch’ Land Rover death – BBC News

Posted August 18th, 2017 in armed forces, inquests, inquiries, Iraq, news by sally

‘In July 2005, Sue Smith’s son, Pte Phillip Hewett, was killed by a roadside bomb while travelling in a lightly armoured “snatch” Land Rover in Iraq.’

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BBC News, 18th August 2017

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Britons should stop getting so drunk during hen and stag parties, judge says – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 16th, 2017 in alcohol abuse, coroners, inquests, news, road traffic by sally

‘Britons should stop getting so drunk during hen and stag parties, a judge said yesterday during an inquest into the death of a reveller killed during a bachelor party in Budapest.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th August 2017

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Ann Maguire’s family lose legal challenge over inquest evidence – BBC News

Posted August 15th, 2017 in evidence, families, inquests, news, school children, witnesses by sally

‘The widower and children of a teacher murdered by a student have lost their legal challenge against a coroner’s decision not to call pupils as witnesses at a forthcoming inquest.’

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BBC News, 14th August 2017

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Ellie Butler’s parents appear at inquest hearing via video from prisons – The Guardian

‘The parents of murdered six-year-old Ellie Butler have appeared via video link from their respective prisons at an inquest hearing into the death of their daughter, and interrupted the proceedings several times.’

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The Guardian, 11th August 2017

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Connor Sparrowhawk death: NHS clinician admits string of failings – The Guardian

Posted August 8th, 2017 in health, inquests, mental health, news, young persons by sally

‘A consultant psychiatrist has admitted a string of failings over the death of a vulnerable teenager who drowned in a bath at an NHS care unit.’

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The Guardian, 7th August 2017

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Birmingham pub bombing families appeal for legal funding to name IRA suspects – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 7th, 2017 in coroners, identification, inquests, judicial review, news, terrorism by sally

‘Families of those killed in the IRA’s Birmingham pub bombings are crowdfunding a High Court challenge to try to overturn a coroner’s ban on naming the suspect bombers.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th August 2017

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