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Inquests: A Practitioner's Guide 3rd ed


ISBN13: 9781908407245
Previous Edition ISBN: 9781903307571
Published: March 2014
Publisher: Legal Action Group
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £50.00



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The inquest process is of profound importance to many families. A properly conducted investigation and inquest which exposes the truth, culminates in a finding about what went right and what went wrong, and makes recommendations for change, can help relatives to recover after a death.

Inquests: a practitioner's guide seeks to assist legal practitioners in promoting the rights of bereaved people who become involved in inquests. It is uniquely focused on examining the practice and procedure of the coroner's court from the point of view of practitioner acting for the bereaved.

Since the last edition the coronial system in England and Wales has undergone fundamental reform. This edition is up to date to include:

  • the new statutory regime governing the powers and duties of coroners: Coroners and Justice Act 2009, Coroners (Inquests) Rules 2013 and Coroners (Investigations) Regulations 2013
  • the public funding regime under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012
  • continuing applicable developments under international human rights law
  • a new chapter on public inquiries and other investigations

Inquests: a practitioner's guide is a comprehensive yet accessible and practical guide. There is thorough consideration of the practice and procedure of the coroner's court, in-depth analysis of an ever-evolving body of case-law in UK and Strasbourg alongside practical and tactical guidance for practitioners from reporting the death through to the hearing, funding and remedies.

Subjects:
Criminal Law, Courts and Procedure
Contents:
Historical origins of modern inquests
Coroner qualifications, appointment, bias, removal and immunity
The coroner's duties
Jurisdiction, suspension and resumption of an inquest
The post-mortem and forensic toxicology
Immediate action on behalf of the deceased's family
Funding of representation at the inquest
Conference with the advocate
Pre-inquest review hearings
The inquest hearing
The jury
The conclusion
Inquests and the European Convention on Human Rights
Controversial deaths: special cases
Post-inquest remedies
Public inquiries and other investigations
Extracts from legislation, useful resources, sample narrative directions and rulings from coroners, letters, precedents and non-statutory forms.