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Fourth annual report of the Chief Coroner

The report details an overview of the coroners service in 2016-17, the Chief Coroner’s concerns about the operation of the service and his recommendations for the future. It is His Honour Judge Mark Lucraft QC’s first report since he was appointed in November  2016.
 
Key analysis

Key recommendations

Our view

The upward trend in inquests continues and reflects our own experience of the last few years. We have noticed this consequential increased burden on the coroners’ support services resulting in less organised/ part-heard hearings in many areas, which in turn increases resourcing pressures on organisations and their staff to attend inquests on more than one occasion.

To a large extent, the Chief Coroner’s concerns and recommendations mirror those in the second and third annual reports. He remains concerned about the implications of the ME system. We await further guidance on the implementation of the ME system and whether the concerns raised by the Chief Coroner will be allayed.
 
The Chief Coroner also reiterates his predecessor’s recommendation for the Exceptional Funding Guidance (Inquests) to be amended. Whether this repetition results in the changes sought remains to be seen. In the current economic climate, we suspect the government is unlikely to see addressing this as a priority despite this being the second request for the change.

How Capsticks can help

Capsticks is a market leader in the healthcare and inquest field and is ranked in the top
tier for inquests and clinical negligence work by the Chambers Guide to the Legal profession and the Legal 500. If you require inquest representation or would like to discuss any inquest related issues please contact: Philip Hatherall, Georgia Ford, Tracey Lucas or Ian Cooper. 

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