Gaia Pope death: Family wants answers to ‘vital questions’ – BBC News

Posted September 16th, 2020 in bereavement, coroners, delay, evidence, families, inquests, mental health, news, police, rape, sexual offences by michael

‘The family of a teenager found dead 11 days after going missing nearly three years ago said “vital questions” about her death remain unanswered.’

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BBC News, 16th September 2020

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EP 124: The Salisbury Poisonings: scope of the Coroner’s investigation – Matt Hill – Law Pod UK

Posted September 8th, 2020 in coroners, inquests, news, podcasts, poisoning, Russia by sally

‘Matt Hill of 1 Crown Office Row discusses with Rosalind English the inquest into Dawn Sturgess, the innocent victim of the attempted assassination of a Russian agent. He considers the different approaches of the coronial and criminal jurisdictions where someone has died in suspicious circumstances.’

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Law Pod UK, 7th September 2020

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Errors at West Suffolk hospital contributed to woman’s death – The Guardian

Posted September 8th, 2020 in hospitals, inquests, medical treatment, news by sally

‘Hospital errors contributed to the death of a woman five weeks after bowel surgery, an inquest into her death has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 7th September 2020

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JUSTICE launches timely report on urgent reform for major inquests and inquiries – JUSTICE

Posted August 27th, 2020 in inquests, inquiries, news, reports by sally

‘When a catastrophic event or systemic failure results in death or injury, the justice system must provide a framework to understand what happened and to prevent recurrence.’

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JUSTICE, 24th August 2020

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Inquests ‘more adversarial than criminal cases’, says Grenfell QC – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 27th, 2020 in bereavement, fire, health & safety, inquests, news, statutory duty by sally

‘A QC representing bereaved families in the Grenfell Tower public inquiry has backed calls for a statutory duty of candour, saying she has often found inquests far more adversarial than any criminal case she has done. ‘

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Law Society's Gazette, 26th August 2020

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Christopher Alder: Legal action sought over body mix-up – BBC News

‘The sister of a man found in a mortuary 11 years after he was believed to have been buried is planning to take legal action against South Yorkshire Police.’

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BBC News, 25th August 2020

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Public Inquiries and Survivors: an in-depth look at the JR challenge to the Manchester Arena Inquiry – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted August 18th, 2020 in human rights, inquests, inquiries, judicial review, news, terrorism, victims by sally

‘A recent decision of the High Court concerning the Manchester Arena Inquiry highlights an interesting question about public inquiries, the role of survivors and the protections offered by the European Convention.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 17th August 2020

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Novichok inquest to examine possible responsibility of Russian state for the death of Dawn Sturgess – 2 Hare Court

‘The poisoning of the former Russian double agent, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury in March 2018 was a truly shocking event. It was another throwback to the Cold War with the nerve agent, Novichok, playing the deadly role assumed by radioactive polonium in the 2006 assassination of Alexander Litvinenko in London.’

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2 Hare Court, 6th August 2020

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Caroline Flack took her own life amid fears of prosecution, inquest rules – The Guardian

‘Caroline Flack took her own life after learning she would be prosecuted for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend, following a long struggle with “fluctuating mental health” that was exacerbated by the stress of fame, a coroner has found.’

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The Guardian, 6th August 2020

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Manchester Arena Inquiry challenge dismissed – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The High Court has today handed down judgment in R (EA and Anor) v Chairman of the Manchester Arena Inquiry [2020] EWHC 2053 (Admin) refusing permission for judicial review to a group of survivors who unsuccessfully sought core participant status in the forthcoming inquiry into the Manchester Arena bombing attacks. A full legal analysis of the decision will follow. This article provides a summary of the judgment and its context.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 30th July 2020

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Novichok inquest quashed – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted July 27th, 2020 in coroners, families, human rights, inquests, inquiries, news, Russia, unlawful killing by sally

‘The High Court has today [24 July] handed down a judgment quashing a coroner’s decision on the scope of the inquest into the death of Dawn Sturgess: R (GS) v HM Senior Coroner for Wiltshire and Swindon [2020] EWHC 2007 (Admin).’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 24th July 2020

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Parents of student who killed herself launch legal action against University of Bristol – The Guardian

‘The parents of a student with severe social anxiety who took her own life on the day she was scheduled to face “the ordeal” of an important oral test have launched legal proceedings against her university, claiming she was the victim of negligence and disability discrimination.’

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The Guardian, 20th July 2020

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Parents of man who died after police restraint challenge delay over Seni’s law – The Guardian

‘The parents of a young black man who died after being restrained in a mental health hospital are asking why a law passed in his name almost two years ago has not yet been enacted by the government.’

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The Guardian,, 20th July 2020

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Novichok victim Dawn Sturgess’ daughter challenges coroner – BBC News

Posted July 15th, 2020 in bereavement, coroners, families, inquests, news, Russia, unlawful killing by tracey

‘The daughter of a woman killed by a nerve agent wants her mother’s inquest to consider whether senior members of the Russian state were responsible.’

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BBC News, 14th July 2020

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Inquest into Stephen Port’s victims set to begin in new year – The Guardian

‘Families of the victims of serial killer Stephen Port have been assured that everything possible will be done to ensure the long-awaited inquests into their deaths go ahead in the new year despite the coronavirus pandemic.’

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The Guardian, 10th July 2020

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Crime Team Newsletter – 33 Bedford Row

‘This month’s newsletter comprises articles from:

Nigel Edwards Q.C. and Daniel Walker– “Sentencing Serious Violent and Sexual Offenders”;

Ayesha Smart and Nigel Edwards Q.C. – “Section 13(1) Terrorism Act 2000 offences- are they strict liability?”;

Sharmila Salvi – “Second Post Mortem Examinations – The Defence Position”;

Andrew Kerr – “Adverse Inferences”; and

Rabia Mir – “How High Fiving Police Officers Turned Off a Jury”.’

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33 Bedford Row, 6th July 2020

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Ian Paterson: Inquests into ‘unnatural deaths’ of surgery patients – BBC News

Posted July 6th, 2020 in doctors, inquests, medical treatment, news, wounding by sally

‘Inquests will be held after a review found patients of a rogue breast surgeon may have died unnaturally.’

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BBC News, 4th July 2020

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Scope of the duties on the state to protect life under Article 2 ECHR (R (Maguire) v HM Senior Coroner) – Dispute Resolution Blog

‘In R (Maguire) v HM Senior Coroner for Blackpool & Fylde & Others [2020] EWCA Civ 738, the Court of Appeal considered whether the enhanced procedural duty to investigate death under Article 2 ECHR applied to the inquest touching upon the death of a vulnerable individual subject to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (“DoLS”) under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 living in a care home. The Court of Appeal’s judgment is an important authority on the scope of the substantive positive duties on the state to protect life under Article 2 ECHR.’

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Dispute Resolution Blog, 30th June 2020

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Partially remote hearings in the Coroner’s Court: Chief Coroner’s Guidance No. 38 – Parklane Plowden Chambers

Posted June 26th, 2020 in chambers articles, coronavirus, coroners, inquests, news, remote hearings by sally

‘The Chief Coroner has published his Guidance No 38, headed “Remote Participation in Coronial Proceedings via Video and Audio Broadcast”.’

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Parklane Plowden Chambers, 17th June 2020

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There have been no successful prosecutions for deaths in British police custody since 1969 – here’s why – The Guardian

‘Black people account for 3% of the population, but 8% of deaths in custody. As a former chief prosecutor, I know this is only the end point of a system that disproportionately suspects, arrests, convicts and imprisons BAME people.’

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The Guardian, 11th June 2020

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