Coronial Law is an area that attracts great public scrutiny, reflected in the recent establishment of the office of the Chief Coroner, and the number of Judges of the High Court and the Court of Appeal made deputy assistant coroners to particularly sensitive inquests. It is also an area of law that has changed significantly in recent years since the new Coroners and Justice Act 2009 came into force in 2013. This book provides practitioners with an up-to-date and comprehensive guide to the law of coroners and inquests. Written by barristers practising in the field, it addresses changes to the structure and jurisprudence of coroners' courts in a straightforward, accessible manner. The book is helpfully structured according to the elements of an inquest or the subject matter of a coroner's investigation. Each chapter provides an overview of the legal issues, statutory material and other sources of guidance, followed by case summaries and extracts where the relevant issues are discussed. In addition, there are useful appendices of relevant materials, including applicable legislation and the Chief Coroner's Guidance.
The book is an essential companion for practitioners of coronial law, indispensable to novices and seasoned practitioners alike.
Caroline Cross is a barrister at 1 Crown Office Row. Sir Neil Garnham is a High Court judge sitting in the Queen's Bench Division.
1. Introduction Sir Neil Garnham and Caroline Cross Part One: Inquests-General Principles 2. Sources of Coronial Law and Guidance Richard Mumford 3. Duty to Hold an Inquest Rachel Marcus 4. The Role and Scope of an Inquest 9 Isabel McArdle 5. The Coroner Marina Wheeler QC 6. Pre-Inquest Reviews Richard Mumford 7. Article 2 Inquests Peter Skelton QC, Caroline Cross and Kate Beattie 8. Interested Persons David Manknell 9. Witnesses Kate Beattie 10. Funding Pritesh Rathod 11. The Jury Richard Mumford 12. Evidence Peter Skelton QC 13. Anonymity, Protective Measures and Public Interest Immunity Matthew Hill and Sir Neil Garnham 14. The Inquest Hearing David Manknell 15. Conclusions Sir Neil Garnham and Kate Beattie 16. Inquest versus Public Inquiry Isabel McArdle Part Two: Specific Inquests 17. Medical Inquests Isabel McArdle and Kate Beattie 18. Inquests Concerning Mental Health and Capacity Richard Mumford and Rachel Marcus 19. Article 2 and Local Authorities Kate Beattie 20. Deaths in Custody Peter Skelton QC and Lois Williams 21. Police Inquests Alasdair Henderson 22. Military Personnel and Civilians in War Caroline Cross 23. Inquests Involving Intelligence Services and Agencies Sir Neil Garnham 24. Deaths in the Workplace Alasdair Henderson Part Three: After the Inquest 25. Reports to Prevent Further Deaths Caroline Cross and Isabel McArdle 26. Steps After the Inquest Dame Philippa Whipple DBE
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