4th Nov 2021Newsflash

Government Responds to Coroner Service Inquiry Report: what changes to the inquest process can we expect?

In May 2021, Parliament’s Justice Select Committee published its report on the Coroner Service, proposing a series of reforms for improving the bereaved person’s experience of the inquest process. In September 2021, the government published its response. In short, change is in motion. Further adjustments can also be expected after the government responds to the […]

14th Oct 2020Articles

2 Hare Court Private Prosecution Newsflash

Justice Select Committee Report Published – Safeguards in Private Prosecutions Gavin Irwin explores the report’s key recommendations On 7 July 2020, Alison Levitt QC gave evidence before the Justice Select Committee, on behalf of the Private Prosecutors’ Association, on safeguards in private prosecutions[1].  Separately, the 2 Hare Court Private Prosecutions’ Group made written representations to […]

27th Feb 2020Articles

The importance of giving reasons

R. (on the application of Lewis) v Senior Coroner for North West Kent [2020] 2 WLUK 180 This recent judicial review highlights the importance of a coroner providing reasons when a particular conclusion is not left to the jury. The deceased suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and was placed under psychiatric care. From 2016 she began […]