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This unique guide contains a wealth of tips and tactical guidance from leading practitioners in the field of inquest law. There is a digest of resources and guidelines necessary to hold public authorities to account, guidance on how to approach narrative verdicts, with supporting precedents, and practical advice and information on preliminary steps, funding, disclosure and hearings.
There are few things as traumatic as the sudden death of a loved one. When that death occurs as a result of misconduct or negligence by a public body, the bereaved are faced with an overwhelming desire to discover the truth as to how and why their loved one died.
The practitioner called on to represent grieving families and friends is faced with an awesome responsibility. Inquests: a practitioner's guide is the only text that examines practice and procedure of the coroner's court from the point of view of practitioner acting for the bereaved.
Since the last edition of this book, the article 2 duty to provide full investigation into death in certain circumstances has transformed the law of inquests. This edition contains the most comprehensive analysis of the impact of the European Convention on Human Rights on coronial law with practical guidance on how to use the law.
Inquests: a practitioner's guide is not just a guide to current practice and procedure, it lends a powerful voice to the debate for a more just, fair and effective inquest system. It contains historical detail and a comprehensive analysis of future developments that will be invaluable to all those who share the view that the coronial system is in need of fundamental reform.