INQUEST welcomes long-awaited implementation of Coroners and Justice Act 2009

Coroners Courtsoriginally by: INQUEST
published: 25 July 2013

Many of the provisions of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 are finally being implemented on Thursday 25 July.

These will form the revised Coroners’ Rules and Regulations and are a significant step towards standardising the coronial system and gearing it more towards the needs of families.

INQUEST has been campaigning long and hard for root and branch reform of the coronial system, and was pleased to welcome the appointment of the Chief Coroner last September as the first step along this road.

Helen Shaw, co-director of INQUEST said:

“The implementation of these much-needed reforms is welcome. INQUEST has been campaigning, alongside bereaved families, for fundamental changes to the inquest system for over 30 years.

“Reducing delays, raising standards and improving the impact of inquest findings are important steps towards ensuring the process is both responsive to the needs of bereaved people and protects the wider public interest by preventing further deaths. The post of Chief Coroner will mean there is judicial oversight and leadership of the coroner service for the first time”.

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