Hillsborough Law would ‘level scales of justice’, says mayor – BBC News

‘A Hillsborough Law is needed to ensure fairer treatment for bereaved families, Liverpool City Region’s mayor has said.
Steve Rotheram and Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said the government needs to “level the scales of justice”.
They are calling for measures recommended in a 2017 report, based on the experiences of Hillsborough families, to be enshrined in law.’

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BBC News, 7th January 2022

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Guidance from Divisional Court on Article 2 inquests – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted January 5th, 2022 in coroners, human rights, inquests, mental health, news, statutory duty by sally

‘In R (Morahan) v West London Assistant Coroner [2021] EWHC 1603 (Admin), the Divisional Court provided detailed guidance on the circumstances in which an enhanced investigation under Article 2 ECHR may be required at an inquest.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 4th January 2022

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Guidance from Divisional Court on Article 2 inquests – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted January 4th, 2022 in coroners, hospitals, human rights, inquests, mental health, news by tracey

‘In R (Morahan) v West London Assistant Coroner [2021] EWHC 1603 (Admin), the Divisional Court provided detailed guidance on the circumstances in which an enhanced investigation under Article 2 ECHR may be required at an inquest.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 4th January 2022

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Coroners in England issue rare warnings over avoidable deaths in pandemic – The Guardian

Posted December 7th, 2021 in coronavirus, coroners, inquests, news by sally

‘Coroners in England have said lessons must be learned from failings made by overstretched services that struggled to adapt during the Covid pandemic, as details of inquests into deaths only now emerge.’

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The Guardian, 6th December 2021

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Ban on Troubles prosecutions ‘legally dubious and morally corrupt’, says Hain – The Independent

Posted November 30th, 2021 in bills, homicide, inquests, news, Northern Ireland, prosecutions by tracey

‘Controversial plans to ban prosecutions for Troubles murders are “legally dubious, constitutionally dangerous and morally corrupt”, a former Northern Ireland secretary has said.’

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The Independent, 29th November 2021

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Deepcut deaths: army ‘treating victims’ families with contempt’ – The Guardian

‘The sister of Pte Sean Benton, who committed suicide at Deepcut barracks, has accused the British army of treating victims’ families with contempt after it emerged that the military had failed to honour a pledge made at his inquest in 2018.’

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The Guardian, 28th November 2021

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Zane Gbangbola: Landfill concerns raised before flood death – BBC News

‘Concerns were raised in 2010 over a former landfill site which later became the focus of a dispute over a seven-year-old’s death, it has emerged.’

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BBC news, 22nd November 2021

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Teenager’s stabbing was not unlawful killing, coroner rules – The Guardian

‘A coroner has ruled she could not be sure of the exact circumstances in which a teenager died after being knifed in the heart by his friend but ruled out unlawful killing.’

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The Guardian, 17th November 2021

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Trevor Smith: Police shooting was lawful killing, inquest finds – BBC News

Posted November 17th, 2021 in firearms, inquests, news, police, professional conduct by sally

‘A man who was shot dead by police at his home was lawfully killed, an inquest jury has found.’

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BBC News, 16th November 2021

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Soldier suicide in Windsor prompts coroner to issue recommendations – BBC News

‘A soldier’s suicide has prompted a coroner to issue a series of recommendations to the Army to prevent similar deaths in the future.’

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BBC News, 11th November 2021

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Capita pays compensation to family of woman who died after benefits cut – The Guardian

‘A government contractor has paid out “substantial” compensation following the death of a young mother who took an overdose after her disability benefits were removed.’

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The Guardian, 3rd November 2021

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Unreasonable force contributed to death of black man restrained in Leicester, jury finds – The Guardian

Posted October 28th, 2021 in attempts, death in custody, inquests, news, police, professional conduct, restraint, robbery by sally

‘A jury has found that unreasonable force used during restraint probably contributed to the death of a 29-year-old black man who was held down for 17 minutes after attempting to rob a Leicestershire supermarket.’

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The Guardian, 26th October 2021

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HMP Leeds death could have been prevented by information sharing – BBC News

Posted October 25th, 2021 in coroners, death in custody, inquests, law firms, mental health, news, prisons, solicitors, suicide by tracey

‘A prisoner may not have died if information was passed on about his suicidal thoughts, a coroner has said.’

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BBC News, 24th October 2021

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Family of vulnerable man found dead in Dorset prison demand reforms – The Guardian

Posted October 21st, 2021 in inquests, mental health, news, post-traumatic stress disorder, prisons, suicide by sally

‘The family of a vulnerable prisoner found hanged in his cell have called for improvements in how inmates with mental health issues are cared for after an inquest jury concluded there was a string of failings in his care.’

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The Guardian, 20th October 2021

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Man shot by police was unlawfully killed, inquest finds – The Independent

‘A man who was shot dead by police while carrying an axe through the centre of Hull was unlawfully killed, an inquest jury has ruled.’

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The Independent, 16th October 2021

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High Court refuses fresh inquest in welfare benefits case – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In Dove v HM Assistant Coroner to Teeside and Hartlepool & Anor [2021] EWHC 2511, the High Court considered the State’s obligations under article 2 ECHR with respect to those in receipt of welfare benefits as well as the scope of coronial inquiries both where article 2 is and isn’t engaged. Although it was argued that failings by the Department of Work and Pensions were relevant to a death by suicide, a fresh inquest was refused in the circumstances.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 13th October 2021

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School’s failure to monitor internet use contributed to teenage girl’s suicide, coroner rules – The Independent

‘A school’s failure to sufficiently monitor the internet activity of an autistic teenage girl “contributed” to her suicide, a coroner has concluded.’

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The Independent, 7th October 2021

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Delayed inquests into deaths of Stephen Port’s victims open – The Guardian

Posted October 5th, 2021 in delay, inquests, murder, news by sally

‘The delayed inquests into the deaths of four young men who were victims of the serial killer Stephen Port open on Tuesday, as the lawyer for their families said the hearings marked a key step in their “quest for accountability”.’

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The Guardian, 5th October 2021

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Pret allergy death: Parents welcome Natasha’s allergy law – BBC News

Posted October 1st, 2021 in allergies, bereavement, families, food, health & safety, inquests, labelling, news by tracey

‘The parents of a teenager who died after an allergic reaction to a Pret A Manger baguette have welcomed the introduction of a UK law in her name.’

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BBC News, 1st October 2021

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New Guidelines for Lawyers Practising within the Coroners’ Court – Inquests and Inquiries Law Blog

‘New guidelines for legal professionals practising within the Coroners’ Courts have been published by the Bar Standards Board, the Solicitors Regulation Authority and CILEx Regulation. The new guidelines were introduced in response to concerns, particularly about the adversarial approach adopted by some lawyers. The key takeaways are summarised below.’

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Inquests and Inquiries Law Blog, 20th September 2021

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