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Cost:
  • FREE
Length:
30 minutes of audio
(+ optional 5 minute online quiz)
Plays on Computer:
Yes Downloadable as MP3:    Yes
Contributor(s):
Course Aims:

This podcast aims to inform the listener of exactly what the current law regarding Coroners is, including when they have jurisdiction, who may act as a Coroner, and how to challenge a Coroner's decision. The podcast then introduces the new Bill to the listener and details the changes that will be made, if and when the new Bill becomes law.

Outcomes:
After completing the course you will:
  • Be up to date with the current law on Coroners and Inquests;
  • Be aware of the changes that would be made to the law on Coroners and Inquests by the new Bill;
  • Be able to evaluate whether the changes will make a positive contribution to the law in this area.
Level:
Beginner Difficulty: 1 of 5
Classification:
Introduction
Legislative Updates
Sources and References:
  • Coroners and Justice Bill 2009;
  • Coroners Act 1988;
  • Coroners Rules 1984;
  • Human Rights Act 1998;
  • Counter Terrorism Bill 2008;
  • R (on the application of Lewis) v Mid and North Division of Shropshire Coroner [2009] EWHC 661 (Admin);
  • R (on the application of Middleton) v West Somerset Coroner [2004] UKHL 10;
  • Roach v Home Office [2009] EWHC 312 (QB);
  • The Shipman Inquiry - Third Report.

This podcast considers the current law about Coroners, the problems with it, and the changes proposed by the Coroners and Justice Bill 2009. It details the background to the new Bill and evaluates whether the changes will improve the system concerning Coroners.

Podcast added: 10/6/09

Since recording this PodCast the Lord Chancellor, Jack Straw, made a statement on the Coroners and Justice Bill which stated,

"Following further discussions in the House and with interested parties it is clear the provisions still do not command the necessary cross-party support and in these circumstances the Government will table amendments to remove clauses 11 and 12 (and the equivalent Northern Ireland provisions) from the Bill.

Where it is not possible to proceed with an inquest under the current arrangements, the government will consider establishing an inquiry under the Inquiries Act 2005 to ascertain the circumstances the deceased came by his or her death. Each case will be looked at on its own individual merits. As with the provisions in respect of the certification of coroners' investigations, we would expect to resort to such a procedure only in very exceptional and rare circumstances"

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