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Regina v Coroner for Wiltshire ex parte Clegg: QBD 1996

The court awarded costs against a coroner on an appeal even though he had only taken part by the filing of an affidavit. Judges: Phillips LJ, Hooper J Citations: [1996] 161 JPR 521 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: Doubtd – Regina v Lincoln Coroner, Ex Parte Hay Admn 19-Feb-1999 Coroners Society recommended to publish … Continue reading Regina v Coroner for Wiltshire ex parte Clegg: QBD 1996

Regina (Stanley) v Coroner for Inner North London: QBD 29 Apr 2003

The deceased had been shot by police, mistakenly believing him to be carrying a gun. The relatives resisted admission of evidence from the police of his convictions. Held: Evidence of previous convictions of the deceased or of decisions made by the Crown Prosecution Service about matters involving the deceased, should only be admitted in evidence … Continue reading Regina (Stanley) v Coroner for Inner North London: QBD 29 Apr 2003

Regina v Greater Belfast Coroner, ex parte Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission: CANI 11 May 2001

The Commission was a creation of statute, and had not been given power to intervene in judicial proceedings. The coroner was investigating deaths at Omagh from a terrorist bombing, and the Commission sought to intervene. The Act should not be read restrictively, but nor could provisions be read into it which did not exist at … Continue reading Regina v Greater Belfast Coroner, ex parte Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission: CANI 11 May 2001

Cooper, Regina (on The Application of) v HM Coroner for North East Kent: Admn 14 Feb 2014

The claimant, Mr Cooper, sought permission to apply for judicial review to challenge the decision of the Senior Coroner for North East Kent to leave a conclusion to the jury in an inquest which she is conducting of unlawful killing. Citations: [2014] EWHC 586 (Admin) Links: Bailii Jurisdiction: England and Wales Coroners Updated: 10 April … Continue reading Cooper, Regina (on The Application of) v HM Coroner for North East Kent: Admn 14 Feb 2014

Regina v Coroner for Kent Ex Parte Johnstone: QBD 12 Sep 1994

A coroner may be liable for costs after a wrongful refusal of an adjournment. A mistake by a medical expert caused the need for a new inquest. A request that the coroner should pay the applicant’s costs was granted. The court identified why the order should be made: (1) Although it was not a case … Continue reading Regina v Coroner for Kent Ex Parte Johnstone: QBD 12 Sep 1994

O’Reilly v Coventry Coroner: QBD 3 Apr 1996

The inquest was said to have been flawed because relevant material was withheld from the jury, factual issues were not addressed, and the Coroner had refused to leave open the possibility of a verdict of lack of care or neglect. The deceased had been in custody and a verdict of accidental death was returned. Held: … Continue reading O’Reilly v Coventry Coroner: QBD 3 Apr 1996

Regina v Her Majesty’s Coroner at Hammersmith ex parte Peach: CA 1980

A coroner was obliged to sit with a jury under the section 13(2) of the 1926 Act where the deceased, who was watching a demonstration, was struck a violent blow on the back of his head from which he died.Bridge LJ said: ‘The key to the nature of that limitation is to be found, I … Continue reading Regina v Her Majesty’s Coroner at Hammersmith ex parte Peach: CA 1980

HM Coroner County Durham and Darlington: Admn 6 Oct 2014

The Coroner applies for an order to quash the inquisition into the death of the deceased taken on 10th September 2013 and for an order that a fresh inquest be held. At the inquest the Coroner concluded that the deceased ‘intentionally took his own life’ and issued a Record of Inquest to that effect. Judges: … Continue reading HM Coroner County Durham and Darlington: Admn 6 Oct 2014

Maughan, Regina (on The Application of) v Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire: Admn 26 Jul 2018

The court was asked whether a coroner or a coroner’s jury, after hearing the evidence at an inquest into a death, may lawfully record a conclusion to the effect that the deceased committed suicide reached on the balance of probabilities; or whether such a conclusion is only permissible if it has been proved to the … Continue reading Maughan, Regina (on The Application of) v Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire: Admn 26 Jul 2018

Regina v Avon Coroner, Ex Parte Bentley: QBD 23 Mar 2001

The coroner refused to allow access to the sister of the deceased subject of the inquest to the papers and statements in advance of the inquest. The fact that the rules allowed it but impose do clear duty did not mean that he should not look to the circumstances of the case, and recognise the … Continue reading Regina v Avon Coroner, Ex Parte Bentley: QBD 23 Mar 2001

Duggan, Regina (on The Application of) v HM Assistant Deputy Coroner for The Northern District of Greater London and Others: Admn 14 Oct 2014

Inquest on death of person shot by police officers – claim for judicial review challenging the finding of lawful killing. Judges: The President of the Queens Bench Division (The Rt Hon Sir Brian Leveson) The Hon Mr Justice Burnett His Honour Judge Peter Thornton QC (Chief Coroner) Citations: [2014] EWHC 3343 (Admin), [2014] WLR(D) 431, … Continue reading Duggan, Regina (on The Application of) v HM Assistant Deputy Coroner for The Northern District of Greater London and Others: Admn 14 Oct 2014

Regina (Ministry of Defence) v Wiltshire and Swindon Coroner: QBD 19 Apr 2005

The applicant sought an order requiring the Coroner to provide a digitised recording of his summing up in an inquest regarding deaths at its facility at Porton. Held: It should not be necessary for the claimant to set out just precisely which part of the summing up was of concern, provided the other party knew … Continue reading Regina (Ministry of Defence) v Wiltshire and Swindon Coroner: QBD 19 Apr 2005

Regina v Poplar Coroner ex parte Thomas: CA 15 Dec 1992

The deceased, aged 17, had had a severe asthma attack. The ambulance was delayed and she was taken to the hospital, but died on the way there despite assistance from police officers and latterly the ambulance staff. Evidence suggested that she might have survived if she had been got to the hospital earlier, but the … Continue reading Regina v Poplar Coroner ex parte Thomas: CA 15 Dec 1992

Secretary of State for Justice, Regina (on The Application of) v HM Deputy Coroner for The Eastern District of West Yorkshire and Others: Admn 14 Jun 2012

These judicial review proceedings concern a decision by a coroner to leave verdicts of unlawful killing by murder and unlawful killing by gross negligence manslaughter to a jury. Judges: Mr Justice Haddon-Cave Citations: [2012] EWHC 1634 (Admin) Links: Bailii Jurisdiction: England and Wales Coroners, Prisons Updated: 06 February 2022; Ref: scu.461878

Allen, Regina (on The Application of) v HM Coroner for Inner North London: Admn 23 Sep 2008

Renewed application for permission to bring judicial review proceedings in respect of an inquest conducted in 2007 by the defendant Coroner for Inner North London into the death of the claimant’s wife. Judges: Mr Justice Blake Citations: [2008] EWHC 2751 (Admin) Links: Bailii Jurisdiction: England and Wales Coroners Updated: 06 February 2022; Ref: scu.417124

T, Regina (on The Application of) v HM Senior Coroner for The County of West Yorkshire (Western Area): CA 28 Apr 2017

The coroner was to investigate the death of a baby, but was now asked whether it was first necessary to determine whether the child had been born alive and not still-born. Held: The principle of open justice is a fundamental principle of common law as applicable in a coroner’s court as in any other court, … Continue reading T, Regina (on The Application of) v HM Senior Coroner for The County of West Yorkshire (Western Area): CA 28 Apr 2017

Earl and Another v HM Senior Coroner for East Sussex: Admn 21 Dec 2021

Application for an order under section 13(1)(c) of the Coroners Act 1988 quashing the inquisition on the inquest into the death of Jessie Victoria Earl. Judges: Lord Justice Warby Mr Justice Saini And His Honour Judge Teague QC Chief Coroner of England and Wales Citations: [2021] EWHC 3468 (Admin) Links: Bailii Statutes: Coroners Act 1988 … Continue reading Earl and Another v HM Senior Coroner for East Sussex: Admn 21 Dec 2021

Secretary of State for The Home Department v HM Senior Coroner for Surrey and Others: Admn 23 Nov 2016

The Home Secreary requested approval for the withholding of documents from a coroner’s inquest on the ground that disclosure would damage the public interest. The deceased had died whilst jogging, and there was a possibility that he had been unlawfully killed. He had been associated with the provision of evidence to Swiss prosecutors associating a … Continue reading Secretary of State for The Home Department v HM Senior Coroner for Surrey and Others: Admn 23 Nov 2016

Terry v Coroner for East Sussex: QBD 12 Jan 2001

A coroner having issued a death certificate following a post mortem, but without an inquest, had power, upon later receiving powerful new evidence, himself to re-open the case, and to order an inquest, and he did not first have to seek authority from the High Court. The issuing of the certificate did not make him … Continue reading Terry v Coroner for East Sussex: QBD 12 Jan 2001

Tyrrell v HM Senior Coroner County Durham and Darlington and Another: Admn 26 Jul 2016

The court was aked what article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights requires of a coroner when a serving prisoner dies of natural causes. Held: The reuest for judicial review failed. Mr Tyrrell’s death was, from the outset, one which was clearly from natural causes. The cause of death was established and then … Continue reading Tyrrell v HM Senior Coroner County Durham and Darlington and Another: Admn 26 Jul 2016

Middleton, Regina (on the Application of) v Coroner for the Western District of Somerset: HL 11 Mar 2004

The deceased had committed suicide in prison. His family felt that the risk should have been known to the prison authorities, and that they had failed to guard against that risk. The coroner had requested an explanatory note from the jury. Held: The jury should indeed have been given opportunity to explain their verdict: ‘By … Continue reading Middleton, Regina (on the Application of) v Coroner for the Western District of Somerset: HL 11 Mar 2004

Bennett, Regina (on The Application of) v HM Coroner for Inner South London: Admn 3 Feb 2006

The deceased had been shot by a police officer. The family now challenged the refusal of the coroner to leave to the jury at the inquest a verdict of unlawful killing. Held: The claim failed. Collins J [2006] EWHC 196 (Admin), [2006] HRLR 22, [2006] Inquest LR 21, [2006] Po LR 123, (2006) 170 JP … Continue reading Bennett, Regina (on The Application of) v HM Coroner for Inner South London: Admn 3 Feb 2006

Regina v North Humberside and Scunthorpe Coroner ex parte Jamieson: QBD 12 Jul 1993

A prisoner had hanged himself after being left unsupervised in a single cell. He was a known suicide risk, but the Coroner directed the jury not to return a verdict which included any reference to lack of care. Held: A coroner was free not to leave a lack of care verdict to the jury where … Continue reading Regina v North Humberside and Scunthorpe Coroner ex parte Jamieson: QBD 12 Jul 1993

Flower v HM Coroner for The County of Devon, Plymouth, Torbay and South Devon and Another: Admn 16 Dec 2015

The claimant sought an order quashing the inquest into the death of her son, but the inquest had not yet been formally concluded. It had been opened but suspended pending the completion of criminal proceedings, and a later decision had been made to to resume the investigation. Held: The application must fail. It remained open … Continue reading Flower v HM Coroner for The County of Devon, Plymouth, Torbay and South Devon and Another: Admn 16 Dec 2015

LF, Regina (on The Application of) v HM Senior Coroner for Inner South London and Another: Admn 29 Oct 2015

The claimant whose daughter, suffering Down’s Syndrome, had died while in intensive care in hospital, challenged the rejection of her argument that her daughter had been in ‘state detention’ at the time. Gross LJ, Charles J [2015] EWHC 2990 (Admin), (2016) 180 JP 85, [2016] 1 WLR 2385, [2015] WLR(D) 442, [2016] COPLR 119, [2015] … Continue reading LF, Regina (on The Application of) v HM Senior Coroner for Inner South London and Another: Admn 29 Oct 2015

Shafi v HM Senior Coroner for East London: Admn 20 Jul 2015

The claimant’s son had died in a prison attached to a police station in Dubai. She sought a new inquest saying that the first had been inadequate. Held: A new inquest was ordered. There had been difficulties in that the Dubai authorities had failed to supply CCTV evidence. More decisively however, the coroner had failed … Continue reading Shafi v HM Senior Coroner for East London: Admn 20 Jul 2015

Skelton, Regina (on The Application of) v Senior Coroner for West Sussex: Admn 23 Oct 2020

The claimants daughter’s death had first been declared non-suspicious. After a conviction for her murder, the Coroner sought to substitute a verdict of unlawful killing. The claimant objected saying that a wider enquiry was no justified, particularly as to the failures of the police investigation. Lord Justice Popplewell, Mr Justice Jay [2020] EWHC 2813 (Admin), … Continue reading Skelton, Regina (on The Application of) v Senior Coroner for West Sussex: Admn 23 Oct 2020

Regina (on the Application of Jean Marshall) v Her Majesty’s Coroner for Coventry: Admn 22 Oct 2001

The applicant sought judicial review of the verdict of the coroner’s jury that a death had been accidental. The deceased, a schizophrenic died of an overdose of crack cocaine, whilst in police custody. His family sought a verdict of accidental death contributed to by neglect. Held: In this case the possibility of such a finding … Continue reading Regina (on the Application of Jean Marshall) v Her Majesty’s Coroner for Coventry: Admn 22 Oct 2001

Regina v Inner West London Coroner Ex Parte Dallaglio, and Ex Parte Lockwood Croft: CA 16 Jun 1994

A coroner’s comment that the deceased’s relative was ‘unhinged’ displayed a bias which was irreparable. ‘The description ‘apparent bias’ traditionally given to this head of bias is not entirely apt, for if despite the appearance of bias the court is able to examine all the relevant material and satisfy itself that there was no danger … Continue reading Regina v Inner West London Coroner Ex Parte Dallaglio, and Ex Parte Lockwood Croft: CA 16 Jun 1994

Adath Yisroel Burial Society and Another, Regina (on The Application of) v HM Senior Coroner for Inner North London: Admn 27 Apr 2018

The Society challenged the refusal of the coroner to expedite of deaths for religious reasons, alleging discrimination against Jewish and Muslim families in breach of Convention or statutory rights. Held: Allowed in part. Singh LJ, Whipple J [2018] EWHC 969 (Admin), [2019] QB 251, [2018] WLR(D) 273, (2018) 162 BMLR 217, [2018] HRLR 15, [2018] … Continue reading Adath Yisroel Burial Society and Another, Regina (on The Application of) v HM Senior Coroner for Inner North London: Admn 27 Apr 2018

LM, Re (Reporting Restrictions; Coroner’s Inquest): FD 1 Aug 2007

A child had died. In earlier civil proceedings, the court had laid responsibility with the mother. Restrictions had been placed on the information which would effectively prevent the coroner conducting his inquest. The coroner sought a lifting of the orders. Held: The orders should be lifted to the extent compatible with preserving the child’s interests. … Continue reading LM, Re (Reporting Restrictions; Coroner’s Inquest): FD 1 Aug 2007

Sutovic, Regina (on the Application Of) v HM Coroner for North London: Admn 17 May 2006

The court heard an application for judicial review of the Coroner’s verdict, on the grounds of procedural irregularity and insufficiency of enquiry. The claimant also sought a new review in the light of more recently received evidence. Held: The first claim failed. As to the second, Moses LJ said: ‘Whilst, on the state of the … Continue reading Sutovic, Regina (on the Application Of) v HM Coroner for North London: Admn 17 May 2006

Worcestershire County Council and Another v HM Coroner for The County of Worcestershire: QBD 20 Jun 2013

The court considered the request by the coroner for the production to him of draft overview report prepared by the respondent with its supporting reports on the work of individual officers. Jeremy Baker J [2013] EWHC 1711 (QB) Bailii England and Wales Cited by: Cited – Secretary of State for The Home Department v HM … Continue reading Worcestershire County Council and Another v HM Coroner for The County of Worcestershire: QBD 20 Jun 2013

The Secretary of State, Regina (on The Application of) v HM Senior Coroner for Norfolk and Another: Admn 28 Sep 2016

Coroner may not use flight records The coroner was charged to investigate four deaths in an helicopter accident. The Secretary of State now challenged various decisions of the Coroner by which (i) she ordered disclosure to her of a cockpit voice and flight data recorder and/or a full transcript of that voice recording; and (ii) … Continue reading The Secretary of State, Regina (on The Application of) v HM Senior Coroner for Norfolk and Another: Admn 28 Sep 2016

P, Regina (on The Application of) v HM Coroner for The District of Avon: CA 18 Dec 2009

The deceased was found hanging in her prison cell. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death, not being satisfied that she was not merely making a cry for help. The family appealed a finding that the inquest had satisfied the requirement for a fuller investigation of a death in custody, there having been an … Continue reading P, Regina (on The Application of) v HM Coroner for The District of Avon: CA 18 Dec 2009

Regina v HM Coroner for Inner London South District, ex parte Douglas-Williams: CA 29 Jan 1998

The deceased died in custody. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death. It was suggested that the coroner’s direction as to unlawful killing had been confusing, and that he was wrong not to leave open the possibility of a verdict of neglect. Hed: When section 13 is invoked a fresh inquest can only be … Continue reading Regina v HM Coroner for Inner London South District, ex parte Douglas-Williams: CA 29 Jan 1998

Pounder, Regina (on the Application of) v HM Coroner for the North and South Districts of Durham and Darlington and others: Admn 22 Jan 2009

The deceased died aged 14 in a Secure Training Centre by hanging. He had complained of his treatment and restraint methods used. The mother sought judicial review of the conduct of the inquest, wanting the coroner not to have ruled on the legality of the restraint methods used, and which of the STC Rules and … Continue reading Pounder, Regina (on the Application of) v HM Coroner for the North and South Districts of Durham and Darlington and others: Admn 22 Jan 2009

O’Connor, Regina (On the Application of) v HM Coroner for District of Avon and Another: Admn 7 May 2009

Two children died when their father jumped with them from a hotel balcony. The father had been acquitted in Crete of manslaughter after evidence of his psychiatric condition. The applicant now challenged the English coroner’s verdict of unlawful killing. Held: If the trial had been in England, a coroner could not make a finding inconsistent … Continue reading O’Connor, Regina (On the Application of) v HM Coroner for District of Avon and Another: Admn 7 May 2009

Takoushis, Regina (on the Application of) v HM Coroner for Inner North London and others: CA 30 Nov 2005

Relatives sought judicial review of the coroner’s decision not to allow a jury, and against allowance of an expert witness. The deceased had been a mental patient but had been arrested with a view to being hospitalised. He was taken first to the AandE department. From there he escaped and jumped into and drowned in … Continue reading Takoushis, Regina (on the Application of) v HM Coroner for Inner North London and others: CA 30 Nov 2005

Smith, Regina (on The Application of) v Secretary of State for Defence and Oxfordshire Assistant Deputy Coroner (Equality and Human Rights Commission intervening): SC 30 Jun 2010

The deceased soldier died of heat exhaustion whilst on active service in Iraq. It was said that he was owed a duty under human rights laws, and that any coroner’s inquest should be a fuller one to satisfy the state’s duty under Article 2. Held: The SSD’s appeal succeeded. ‘jurisdiction’ within the meaning of Article … Continue reading Smith, Regina (on The Application of) v Secretary of State for Defence and Oxfordshire Assistant Deputy Coroner (Equality and Human Rights Commission intervening): SC 30 Jun 2010

Regina v South London Coroner ex parte Thompson: 8 Jul 1982

The court discussed the function of the coroner and his inquest. Lord Lane CJ said: ‘The coroner’s task in a case such as this is a formidable one, and no one would dispute that; that is quite apart from the difficulties which inevitably arise when feelings are running high and the spectators are emotionally involved … Continue reading Regina v South London Coroner ex parte Thompson: 8 Jul 1982

Regina v North Humberside and Scunthorpe Coroner ex parte Jamieson: CA 27 Apr 1994

The deceased prisoner had hanged himself. He had been a known suicide risk, and his brother said that the authorities being so aware, the death resulted from their lack of care. The inquest heard in full the circumstannces leading up to the death, but the Coroner directed the jury not to return a verdict which … Continue reading Regina v North Humberside and Scunthorpe Coroner ex parte Jamieson: CA 27 Apr 1994

Maughan, Regina (on The Application of) v Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire: CA 10 May 2019

Standard of Proof of Suicide at Inquest Questions of importance concerning the law and practice of coroners’ inquests where an issue is raised as to whether the deceased died by suicide. The questions can be formulated as follows: (1) Is the standard of proof to be applied the criminal standard (satisfied so as to be … Continue reading Maughan, Regina (on The Application of) v Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire: CA 10 May 2019

Ministry of Defence v Her Majesty’s Coroner for Wiltshire and Swindon and others: Admn 13 Feb 2006

The ministry appealed against the verdict that the deceased had been unlawfully killed. He had ingested sarin during an experiment on him at Porton Down in 1953. The court was asked itself to amend the verdict. Held: There had been a full investigation, and the proposed amendment would leave in place the finding of unlawful … Continue reading Ministry of Defence v Her Majesty’s Coroner for Wiltshire and Swindon and others: Admn 13 Feb 2006

Jenkins, Regina (on The Application of) v HM Coroner for Portsmouth and South and Others: Admn 11 Dec 2009

The deceased had contracted gangrene, but not sought treatment, and he died of it. The claimant challenged the narrative verdict saying that it was perverse and that the only proper verdict was unlawful killing by his partner, a nurse who had provided some nursing care. The deceased had spiritual beliefs regarding natural healing, and was … Continue reading Jenkins, Regina (on The Application of) v HM Coroner for Portsmouth and South and Others: Admn 11 Dec 2009

Jones v HM Coroner for The Southern District of Greater London and Another: Admn 28 Apr 2010

The mother of the deceased asked for a new inquest, saying that there had been insufficient enquiry. He was an adult suffering Asperger’s syndrome and other difficulties, but had sought and been given excess prescriptions of fentanyl a drug to control bowel pain. The coroner had been unable to find an explanation for how he … Continue reading Jones v HM Coroner for The Southern District of Greater London and Another: Admn 28 Apr 2010

Lewis, Regina (on The Application of) v HM Coroner for The Mid and North Division of The County of Shropshire and Another: CA 21 Dec 2009

The claimant’s son was found hanging in his prison cell. He appealed refusal of a judicial review of the coroner’s decision not to put to the jury a question as to certain possible causative matters. The youth was seen hanging, but the guard called the wrong alarm code in, and did not attempt to cut … Continue reading Lewis, Regina (on The Application of) v HM Coroner for The Mid and North Division of The County of Shropshire and Another: CA 21 Dec 2009

Regina v West Yorkshire Coroner ex parte Smith: CA 2 Jan 1982

The applicant challenged the refusal of the coroner to hold an inquest into the death of his daughter in Rhodesia. Held: Coroners in England and Wales are under a duty to investigate a death which occurred overseas if both the body is returned to the coroner’s district and the circumstances are such that an investigation … Continue reading Regina v West Yorkshire Coroner ex parte Smith: CA 2 Jan 1982

Wilkinson, Regina (on The Application of) v HM Coroner for The Greater Manchester South District: Admn 11 Oct 2012

The court was asked whether evidence of the commission of the criminal offence of causing death by careless driving contrary to section 2B of the 1988 Act is capable of justifying a verdict of ‘unlawful killing’ at an inquest. Held: The coroner had been wrong to leave the offences of causing death by dangerous driving … Continue reading Wilkinson, Regina (on The Application of) v HM Coroner for The Greater Manchester South District: Admn 11 Oct 2012

HM Coroner for the Eastern District of London, Regina (On the Application of) v Sutovic: Admn 31 Jul 2009

The deceased had died in Serbia, but was buried in Acton. A second inquest had been ordered on the request of the respondent, and an exhumation licence granted for the purposes of a second post mortem examination. The respondent had refused her consent to an exhumation, and the Secretary of State did not confirm the … Continue reading HM Coroner for the Eastern District of London, Regina (On the Application of) v Sutovic: Admn 31 Jul 2009