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CORONER REFORMS

Bill expected to bring first reform to Coroners Courts after 100 years

Changes expected to be announced in the Queen’s Speech will give rise to the first big changes in the Coroner Service for more than a hundred years and after more than five years of public consultation.  

The Government Minister Ms Prentice has said: “Families often express their wish that something positive might come out of a coroner’s inquiry and hope that agencies will take preventative action so that the death of their relative is not in vain. Under the new rules we’re introducing, organisations will no longer be able to ignore coroners’ reports sent to them and will be required to respond. Family members will be provided with copies of both the reports and responses, giving them more involvement and a chance to see what preventative action may be taken.”

The main elements of the Bill are:

  • Rights of appeal for the bereaved against coroners’ decisions;
  • Charter for the Bereaved outlining rights to be informed and consulted;
  • National coroner service moving towards whole time coroners;
  • Greater powers of investigation for coroners;
  • Improved arrangements for appointment, training and inspection and;
  • Flexible boundaries to enable services to be delivered to more effectively.

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One Response to “CORONER REFORMS”

  1. COLLAPSE OF WALL WAS ACCIDENTAL DEATH | PP Construction Safety News Desk Says:

    […] are not condusive to reliable witness evidence or the need for closure for relatives and others. Reforms to the Coroner system will hopefully improve matters in […]