The following Corporate Crime guidance note Produced in partnership with Fiona Canby of Temple Garden Chambers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
Coroners are independent judicial officers. Coroners must now be lawyers, although previously medical doctors were appointed and some remain in post. Since 2013 coroners are:
the Chief Coroner
The position of the Chief Coroner was introduced by the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (CJA 2009). Its responsibilities include:
directing investigations to be undertaken
overseeing the transfer of cases between coroners
keeping a register of investigations lasting more than year
the monitoring of and training for investigations into deaths of service personnel
reporting to the Lord Chancellor
conducting an investigation themselves
providing guidance to coroners
The Chief Coroner’s guidance notes and law sheets are available publicly and practitioners will find it helpful to keep up to date with the guidance given.
Each area has a senior coroner (no longer HM coroner of a district). An area means the area of a local authority or the combined areas of two or more local authorities. Functions of the senior coroner can be performed by area and assistant coroners when the senior coroner is absent or unavailable or with the senior coroner’s consent. Reference in a statutory provision to a senior coroner is to be read as including an area coroner or assistant coroner.
An area coroner (a new role introduced by the CJA 2009) can
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