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Regina v West London Coroner ex parte Gray: CA 1988

Before a coroner’s jury could reach a verdict of unlawful killing, it had to be satisfied ‘that the act or omission of a single person must amount to unlawful conduct which was a substantial cause of death’, although Rule 42 of the Coroners Rules forbids the naming of that person. It was unthinkable that a … Continue reading Regina v West London Coroner ex parte Gray: CA 1988

Takoushis, Regina (on the Application of) v HM Coroner for Inner North London: Admn 16 Dec 2004

A patient suffering schizophrenia had been a voluntary patient. He was allowed to visit another unit within the hospital grounds, but then left altogether and was next found preparing to jump from Tower Bridge. He was taken by ambulance to Hospital but, left to wait, he again left, and a person of his description was … Continue reading Takoushis, Regina (on the Application of) v HM Coroner for Inner North London: Admn 16 Dec 2004

Lewis, Regina (On the Application of) v HM Coroner for the Mid and North Division Of the County Of Shropshire and Another: Admn 3 Apr 2009

Citations: [2009] EWHC 661 (Admin) Links: Bailii Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: Appeal From – 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 … Continue reading Lewis, Regina (On the Application of) v HM Coroner for the Mid and North Division Of the County Of Shropshire and Another: Admn 3 Apr 2009

Regina v Manchester Coroner, ex parte Tal: 1985

The court asked whether the Divisional Court was bound by previous decisions of that court, and answered: ‘we find it difficult to imagine that a single judge exercising this (supervisory) jurisdiction (of the High Court) would ever depart from a decision of a Divisional Court.’ Citations: [1985] QB 67 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: … Continue reading Regina v Manchester Coroner, ex parte Tal: 1985

In re LM (Reporting Restrictions: Coroner’s Inquest): FD 1 Aug 2007

An application was made for an injunction to control reporting of a coroner’s inquest to protect the interests of children of the deceased. Held: Coroners’ inquests are subject to the same controls as other courts for the purposes of controlling media reports. In this case it was permissibe to report the names and addresses of … Continue reading In re LM (Reporting Restrictions: Coroner’s Inquest): FD 1 Aug 2007

Borrows v HM Coroner for Preston: QBD 15 May 2008

The family members disputed who should have custody of the deceased’s body and the right to make arrangements for the funeral. Judges: Cranston J Citations: [2008] EWHC 1387 (QB), [2008] EWHC 1387 (Admin), [2008] Fam Law 984, [2008] 2 FLR 1225 Links: Bailii Statutes: Cremation Regulations 1930 8 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: Cited … Continue reading Borrows v HM Coroner for Preston: QBD 15 May 2008

Assistant Deputy Coroner for Inner West London v Channel 4 Television Corporation: QBD 31 Oct 2007

The coroner investigating the death of Prncess Diana sought an order for the production by Channel 4 of documents and materials in its possession. Held: Whilst the order should be made, it must be recognised that the Civil Procedure Rules were designed for use within an adversarial context, and not within the context of the … Continue reading Assistant Deputy Coroner for Inner West London v Channel 4 Television Corporation: QBD 31 Oct 2007

Al Fayed, Regina (on the Application of) v Assistant Deputy Coroner of Inner West London: Admn 10 Apr 2008

The court gave its reasons for an earlier refusal of permission to apply for judicial review of a coroner’s decision refusing permission to require the attendance of his Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, and to ask questions of the Queen in the course of the inquest into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. … Continue reading Al Fayed, Regina (on the Application of) v Assistant Deputy Coroner of Inner West London: Admn 10 Apr 2008

Middleton, Regina (on the Application of) v Coroner for the Western District of Somerset: Admn 14 Dec 2001

The deceased had committed suicide whilst in prison. It was argued that the prison should have recognised that he was a suicide risk, and acted accordingly. The coroner had requested a note from the jury as to the cause of death. The court considered whether a coroner’s inquest satisfied the requirements for an investigation of … Continue reading Middleton, Regina (on the Application of) v Coroner for the Western District of Somerset: Admn 14 Dec 2001

Bennett, Regina (on the Application of) v HM Coroner for Inner South London and others: CA 26 Jun 2007

The deceased had been shot by the police, who mistakenly believed him to be armed. Judicial review was sought saying that the coroner had wrongly refused to leave to the jury the possible verdict of unlawful killing. Held: The appeal was dismissed. Whilst the jury should be trusted to intepret the facts, a coroner could … Continue reading Bennett, Regina (on the Application of) v HM Coroner for Inner South London and others: CA 26 Jun 2007

Paul and others v Deputy Coroner of the Queen’s Household and Another: Admn 2 Mar 2007

The applicants sought judicial review of preliminary directions given for the intended inquest on the deaths of Diana Princess of Wales and of Dodi Al Fayed. It was submitted that the jurisdiction had been wrongly transferred to the Queen’s Coroner under section 14. Held: under the 1988 Act, the Coroner for the Queen’s household was … Continue reading Paul and others v Deputy Coroner of the Queen’s Household and Another: Admn 2 Mar 2007

Regina v HM Coroner for Exeter and East Devon ex parte Palmer: 10 Dec 1997

Lord Woolf discussed the role of the coroner acting as a filter to avoid injustice: ‘In a difficult case, the Coroner is carrying out an evaluation exercise. He is looking at the evidence before him as a whole and saying to himself, without deciding matters which are the province of the jury, ‘Is this a … Continue reading Regina v HM Coroner for Exeter and East Devon ex parte Palmer: 10 Dec 1997

Kasperowicz, Regina (on the Application of) v HM Coroner for Plymouth: CA 10 Jan 2005

Renewed application for leave to challenge to an order for a post-mortem examination. The deceased had died aged 88. Held: No doctor had recently attended the deceased, and a post mortem was required at law. Leave was refused. It was for the coroner to address as best he could within the law the humanitarian concerns … Continue reading Kasperowicz, Regina (on the Application of) v HM Coroner for Plymouth: CA 10 Jan 2005

Goldstein, Regina (on The Application of) v Her Majesty’s Coroner for Inner London District Greater London: Admn 16 Jul 2014

Application to discharge injunction against a postmortem. The family wanted a non-invasive post-mortem for religious reasons. Held: The court made an order (in the case as here where there was no suspicion of foul play) which would go some way to respecting the deceased’s religion, as follows: ‘1) non-invasive procedures performed by Professor Roberts; 2) … Continue reading Goldstein, Regina (on The Application of) v Her Majesty’s Coroner for Inner London District Greater London: Admn 16 Jul 2014

Goodson v HM Coroner for Bedfordshire and Luton and Another (No 2): CA 12 Oct 2005

The applicant intended to appeal refusal of her challenge to the verdict of the coroner. For the first time at appeal she sought a protective costs order. Held: The Corner House case established that a request for a protective costs order could only be approved if the applicant had no private interest in the outcome … Continue reading Goodson v HM Coroner for Bedfordshire and Luton and Another (No 2): CA 12 Oct 2005

Regina v HM Coroner for Portsmouth Ex parte Keene (John): QBD 1989

The applicant challenged the coroner’s conduct of the inquest saying it had been carried out in a perfunctory manner. Held: Even though the coroner was aware of information tending to a particular verdict, the inquest should be carried out properly. The coroner had not done this, but no doubt had been cast on the verdict … Continue reading Regina v HM Coroner for Portsmouth Ex parte Keene (John): QBD 1989

Plymouth City Council v HM Coroner for the County of Devon and Another: Admn 27 May 2005

The local authority in whose care the deceased child had been held challenged a decision by the coroner not to limit his inquiry to the last few days of the child’s life. The coroner had decided that he had an obligation to conduct a wider enquiry under the 1968 Act. Held: ‘The central question in … Continue reading Plymouth City Council v HM Coroner for the County of Devon and Another: Admn 27 May 2005

Pearson v HM Coroner for Inner London North: Admn 9 Mar 2005

Relatives of the deceased said that the inquest carried out by the coroner was inadequate in Jamieson terms and had not satisfied the human rights issues. Maurice Kay LJ rejected the argument saying: ‘One does not reach the stage of resort to section 3 as a tool for interpretation unless and until it is established … Continue reading Pearson v HM Coroner for Inner London North: Admn 9 Mar 2005

Parkin v HM Coroner for North Lincolnshire and Grimsby District: Admn 23 Mar 2005

The family appealed against an open verdict. Her son was found hanged at school. The coroner felt unable to be sure that he had committed suicide. He had been looking forward to a new job as a theatre technician. Held: There was evidence available now which had not been available at the inquest which undermined … Continue reading Parkin v HM Coroner for North Lincolnshire and Grimsby District: Admn 23 Mar 2005

Goodson v HM Coroner for Bedfordshire and Luton: Admn 17 Dec 2004

A patient had died in hospital following an operation. The NHS Trust submitted that ‘There is a real distinction between cases of medical negligence, which were specifically addressed as a discrete area in Calvelli, and cases of intentional killing or failure to protect someone in custody.’ Held: ‘Calvelli is both the most recent decision and … Continue reading Goodson v HM Coroner for Bedfordshire and Luton: Admn 17 Dec 2004

Regina (Anderson and Others) v HM Coroner for Inner North Greater London: QBD 26 Nov 2004

The deceased suffered depressive mental illness, and was detained outside on a cold night naked and in a cannabis induced delirium. Because of his size, additional officers were called upon to assist restraining him. He was taken to hospital, but died of a cardiac arrest whilst being restrained pending the arrival of a doctor. The … Continue reading Regina (Anderson and Others) v HM Coroner for Inner North Greater London: QBD 26 Nov 2004

Longfield Care Homes Ltd, Regina (on the Application Of) v HM Coroner for Blackburn and others: Admn 14 Oct 2004

An elderly lady had died after falling from an open window at her care home. Although she suffered moderately severe injuries from the fall, they were not serious enough of themselves to cause her death which resulted from pre-existing pneumonia, but they did accelerate the process. Held: A simple verdict of ‘accidental death to which … Continue reading Longfield Care Homes Ltd, Regina (on the Application Of) v HM Coroner for Blackburn and others: Admn 14 Oct 2004

Sacker, Regina (on the Application of) v Coroner for the County of West Yorkshire: HL 11 Mar 2004

The deceased committed suicide in prison. Her family sought to have added to the verdict the words ‘contributed by neglect’ and complained that the inquest had not provided a full and proper investigation of the death. Held: The Act needed to be read in its broader meaning to be compliant with the 1998 Act. ‘The … Continue reading Sacker, Regina (on the Application of) v Coroner for the County of West Yorkshire: HL 11 Mar 2004

Regina on the Application Of Christine Davies v HM Deputy Coroner for Birmingham: CA 2 Dec 2003

Judges: Lord Justice Brooke Sir Martin Nourse Lord Justice Longmore Citations: [2003] EWCA Civ 1739 Links: Bailii Jurisdiction: England and Wales Citing: Appeal from – Davies, Regina (on the Application of) v HM Deputy Coroner for Birmingham and Another Admn 11-Feb-2003 . . Costs reserved to – Regina on the Application of Davies (No 2) … Continue reading Regina on the Application Of Christine Davies v HM Deputy Coroner for Birmingham: CA 2 Dec 2003

Regina on the Application of Mullholland v HM Coroner for St Pancras: QBD 7 Nov 2003

The applicant sought to re-open a coroner’s inquest. The deceased had been drunk, slipped banged his head and fallen to the ground. Police and ambulance were called. The ambulance worker was not told he had been unconscious, and he was taken to the police station. At the police station, he became seriously ill. He died … Continue reading Regina on the Application of Mullholland v HM Coroner for St Pancras: QBD 7 Nov 2003

Mulholland, Regina (on the Application of) v HM Coroner for St Pancras: Admn 16 Jan 2003

Citations: [2003] EWHC 96 (Admin) Links: Bailii Jurisdiction: England and Wales Citing: See also – Regina on the Application of Mullholland v HM Coroner for St Pancras QBD 7-Nov-2003 The applicant sought to re-open a coroner’s inquest. The deceased had been drunk, slipped banged his head and fallen to the ground. Police and ambulance were … Continue reading Mulholland, Regina (on the Application of) v HM Coroner for St Pancras: Admn 16 Jan 2003

Sacker v HM Coroner for the County of West Yorkshire: CA 27 Feb 2003

The court expressed scepticism about the suitability of a coroner’s inquest, in its present form, as a vehicle for carrying out a state’s obligations under Article 2. Those considerations may accentuate the need for an overdue improvement in the arrangements for inquests Judges: The Hon Mr Justice Latham Lord Justice Mummery Lord Justice Pill Citations: … Continue reading Sacker v HM Coroner for the County of West Yorkshire: CA 27 Feb 2003

Regina (Amin) v Secretary of State for the Home Department; Regina (Middleton) v Coroner for West Somersetshire: CA 27 Mar 2002

A prisoner had been killed in his cell by a cell-mate known to be unstable and racist. His family sought to be involved in the inquiry into the death within the prison system. A second prisoner hanged himself in his cell. His family alleged that he should have been kept on suicide watch. The coroner … Continue reading Regina (Amin) v Secretary of State for the Home Department; Regina (Middleton) v Coroner for West Somersetshire: CA 27 Mar 2002

Khan, Regina (on the Application of) v HM Coroner for West Hertfordshire and Another: Admn 7 Mar 2002

The deceased died in police custody. The coroner refused to leave to the jury possible verdicts of unlawful killing, or death contributed to by neglect, or breach of his right to life. He adjourned the hearing to allow this challenge. Held: Coroners should be cautious of such adjournments. The jury would now deliver any verdict … Continue reading Khan, Regina (on the Application of) v HM Coroner for West Hertfordshire and Another: Admn 7 Mar 2002

Regina v Her Majesty’s Coroner for Inner London North ex parte Peter Francis Touche: CA 21 Mar 2001

The applicant’s wife had died of a cerebral haemorrhage, the result of severe hypertension, possibly secondary to eclampsia. The coroner decided not to hold an inquest. The issue raised was whether he was required to hold an inquest because there was reasonable cause to suspect that she had died an unnatural death. Held: The coroner … Continue reading Regina v Her Majesty’s Coroner for Inner London North ex parte Peter Francis Touche: CA 21 Mar 2001

Commissioner of the Police of the Metropolis v Inner London Coroner: QBD 31 Oct 2002

The applicant sought the quashing of an inquest verdict, and for a new inquest. The coroner resisted claiming that it would put too great a strain on his resources. Held: The section allowed a coroner to appoint a deputy who would be able to hold the inquest. The words ‘in his absence’ could include occasions … Continue reading Commissioner of the Police of the Metropolis v Inner London Coroner: QBD 31 Oct 2002

Regina v Her Majesty’s Coroner for District of Avon ex parte Smith: Admn 12 Feb 1998

The family sought judicial review of a decision not to hold an inquest into the death of the deceased. The child had died in hospital. Held: The death had apparently been for natural causes, but the coroner had failed properly to ask himself whether the death was unnatural in the sense used in Regina -v- … Continue reading Regina v Her Majesty’s Coroner for District of Avon ex parte Smith: Admn 12 Feb 1998

Sreedharan, Regina (on The Application of) v HM Coroner for The County of Greater Manchester: Admn 28 May 2012

The claimant doctor renewed his application for judicial review of the jury verdict of unlawful killing at the inquest into a patient. The patientwas alcoholic. The doctor prescribed a sedative drug for him, but it was known to be potentially lethal when taken with alcohol. The patient had used them in combination on previous occasions. … Continue reading Sreedharan, Regina (on The Application of) v HM Coroner for The County of Greater Manchester: Admn 28 May 2012

Regina v Lincoln Coroner, Ex Parte Hay: Admn 19 Feb 1999

Coroners Society recommended to publish pre-trial guidelines and prepare a list of witnesses to be called showing in each case a brief summary of the evidence expected to be given by that witness in order to assist parties at inquests. A costs order might be made against a coroner when: (1) If a coroner not … Continue reading Regina v Lincoln Coroner, Ex Parte Hay: Admn 19 Feb 1999

Regina v Southwark Coroner’s Court ex parte Epsom Health Care NHS Trust: 1993

Steyn LJ said that an inquest should not be used as a stepping stone to civil litigation. An inquest verdict may be set aside in part as well as as a whole. A lack of care finding was deleted but the remainder of the verdict remained. Judges: Steyn LJ Citations: [1993] 158 JP 973 Jurisdiction: … Continue reading Regina v Southwark Coroner’s Court ex parte Epsom Health Care NHS Trust: 1993

Regina (Pereira) v Inner South London Coroner and Others: QBD 14 Jun 2007

The applicant sought to challenge a decision to adjourn an inquest. Held: A decision as to whether an inquest should be adjourned was one within the coroner’s discretion. Provided he had acted rationally and taken into account the relevant factors, his decision could not be challenged by way of judical review. Judges: Laws LJ, Mitting … Continue reading Regina (Pereira) v Inner South London Coroner and Others: QBD 14 Jun 2007

A and Another v Inner South London Coroner: QBD 24 Jun 2004

At an inquest into the death of a civilian apparently shot by police officers, the officers applied for anonymity, which the coroner refused. They sought judicial review. Held: How witnesses participated in coroners inquests was to be decided on a case by case basis. A witness seeking anonymity had to establish both a subjective fear … Continue reading A and Another v Inner South London Coroner: QBD 24 Jun 2004

Regina v Shrewsbury Coroner’s Court ex parte British Parachute Association: QBD 21 Sep 1987

Coroners are forbidden by the rules to make recommendations to a jury as to their verdict. Despite the fact that the coroner was represented at the appeal, the court refused to make any order for costs against the coroner. This was not a case where they could express strong disapproval of the coroner, there being … Continue reading Regina v Shrewsbury Coroner’s Court ex parte British Parachute Association: QBD 21 Sep 1987

Regina v Southwark Coroner ex parte Fields: Admn 30 Jan 1998

The deceased died after being hit by a policemen with his baton when being arrested. The verdict of misadventure was now challenged. The police officer said he had hit out in fear of imminent attack. It was said that the Coroner had permitted those representing the police to bring in previous convictions recorded against the … Continue reading Regina v Southwark Coroner ex parte Fields: Admn 30 Jan 1998

Regina v West Yorkshire Coroner ex parte Smith: QBD 1982

The applicant’s daughter had died in Kenya. Her body was returned to England and he sought an inquest. Held: The court did not have jurisdiction to hold an inquest. Citations: [1983] QB 335, [1982] 2 WLR 1071, [1982] 126 SJ 398, [1982] 2 All ER 801 Statutes: Coroners Act 1887 3(1) 7(1) Jurisdiction: England and … Continue reading Regina v West Yorkshire Coroner ex parte Smith: QBD 1982

Regina v West Yorkshire Coroner ex parte Smith (No 2): QBD 3 Oct 1984

The applicant was involved in a coroner’s hearing regarding the death of his daughter. During the hearing, he accused one witness of having murdered her. The accusation was reported. He was fined andpound;50.00 for contempt of court. He sought judicial review saying that a coroner’s court, not being a court of record, had no power … Continue reading Regina v West Yorkshire Coroner ex parte Smith (No 2): QBD 3 Oct 1984

Regina v HM Coroner for the Eastern District of the Metropolitan County of West Yorkshire ex parte National Union of Mineworkers: CA 1985

A union picket had been knocked down by a lorry Held: The coroner had been correct not to summon a jury pursuant to the section. It was of crucial importance that the facts did not have ‘any particular feature which distinguishes it from any other kind of road accident to the circumstances of which courts, … Continue reading Regina v HM Coroner for the Eastern District of the Metropolitan County of West Yorkshire ex parte National Union of Mineworkers: CA 1985

Regina (A and Another) v Inner South London Coroner: CA 2 Nov 2004

Police officers sought anonymity when asked to appear before a coroner’s court, citing fear of violence if named. The family of the deceased appealed an order granting that to them. Held: The coroner had heard evidence that a family member had told the officers they would be at risk if a verdict of unlawful killing … Continue reading Regina (A and Another) v Inner South London Coroner: CA 2 Nov 2004

Regina (Dawson) v HM Coroner for East Riding and Kingston upon Hull: Admn 2001

Citations: [2001] EWHC Admin 352 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: Cited – Khan, Regina (on the Application of) v HM Coroner for West Hertfordshire and Another Admn 7-Mar-2002 The deceased died in police custody. The coroner refused to leave to the jury possible verdicts of unlawful killing, or death contributed to by neglect, or … Continue reading Regina (Dawson) v HM Coroner for East Riding and Kingston upon Hull: Admn 2001

Regina v HM Coroner for West Yorkshire (Eastern District) Ex Parte Clements: QBD 20 Aug 1993

A coroner was free to exclude evidence which he thought to be irrelevant or even if relevant where for expediency, exclusion would avoid increasing the length of the inquest and only add to the jury’s task. Citations: Independent 20-Aug-1993 Statutes: Coroners Act 1988 11(2) Jurisdiction: England and Wales Coroners Updated: 11 May 2022; Ref: scu.86865

Maughan, Regina (on The Application of) v Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire: SC 13 Nov 2020

Standard of Proof for Narrative Verdict ‘This appeal arises out of the inquest held into the death of Mr James Maughan. It concerns the standard of proof, or degree of conclusivity, required for the determination of the result of an inquest into a death where the question is whether the deceased committed suicide. The result … Continue reading Maughan, Regina (on The Application of) v Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire: SC 13 Nov 2020

Regina on the application of Ahmed v HM Coroner South and East Cumbria: 2009

Irwin J considered the wide discretion given to Coroners: ‘There is no hard and fast obligation on the part of the Coroner to disclose any witness statements or material: it is a matter of the exercise of discretion.’ Judges: Irwin J Citations: [2009] EWHC 1653 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: Cited – Secretary of … Continue reading Regina on the application of Ahmed v HM Coroner South and East Cumbria: 2009

Regina v HM Coroner, Lincoln, ex parte Hay: 19 Feb 1987

Citations: Unreported, 19 February 1987 Cited by: Cited – 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 … Continue reading Regina v HM Coroner, Lincoln, ex parte Hay: 19 Feb 1987

Regina v Birmingham Coroner, ex parte Cotton: QBD 1995

The Coroner’s court is not the proper place to explore questions of clinical negligence. Citations: [1995] 160 JP 12 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: Cited – In re Catherine Lucy Clegg (an Application to Quash Inquisition on Inquest) Admn 2-Dec-1996 The father of the deceased sought an order quashing the inquest on her death. … Continue reading Regina v Birmingham Coroner, ex parte Cotton: QBD 1995

Regina v Greater Manchester Coroner, ex parte Tal: QBD 1985

The court identified when the Administrative Court is entitled to depart from a previous decision of co-ordinate jurisdiction; concluding that as a matter of judicial comity it should follow the decision unless convinced that it is wrong. In judicial review the principle of stare decisis required that, although not bound to do so, the court … Continue reading Regina v Greater Manchester Coroner, ex parte Tal: QBD 1985

Regina on the Application of Davies (No 2) v HM Deputy Coroner for Birmingham: CA 27 Feb 2004

The claimant appealed against a costs order. She had previously appealed against an order of the High Court on her application for judicial review of the inquest held by the respondent. Held: The coroner, and others in a similar position should not generally be expected to pay the costs of an appeal against an order … Continue reading Regina on the Application of Davies (No 2) v HM Deputy Coroner for Birmingham: CA 27 Feb 2004

Regina v Portsmouth Coroner, ex parte Anderson: 1988

Citations: [1988] 2 ALL ER 604 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: Cited – In re Catherine Lucy Clegg (an Application to Quash Inquisition on Inquest) Admn 2-Dec-1996 The father of the deceased sought an order quashing the inquest on her death. He had recorded a verdict of suicide. She had died from acute salicylate … Continue reading Regina v Portsmouth Coroner, ex parte Anderson: 1988

Regina (Cash) v County of Northamptonshire Coroner: Admn 2007

Judges: Keith J Citations: [2007] EWHC 1354 (Admin) Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: Cited – 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 … Continue reading Regina (Cash) v County of Northamptonshire Coroner: Admn 2007

Regina v Wolverhampton Coroner ex parte McCurbin: CA 1990

The judicial review test is not simply whether there has been an error of law, but also whether the error has or may have resulted in a wrong verdict being entered. Judges: Woolf LJ Citations: [1990] 1 WLR 719 Citing: Approved – Regina v West London Coroner ex parte Gray CA 1988 Before a coroner’s … Continue reading Regina v Wolverhampton Coroner ex parte McCurbin: CA 1990

Regina v East Sussex Coroner Ex parte Healy: QBD 1988

The death occurred whilst diving some eight or nine miles offshore. The applicant, the deceased’s father challenged the coroner’s decision to refuse jurisdiction for an inquest. Held: The body was not, in the terms of the 1926 Act, ‘in or near the area within which he had jurisdiction’. Held: The wording used ordinary words of … Continue reading Regina v East Sussex Coroner Ex parte Healy: QBD 1988

Regina v Bedfordshire Coroner ex parte Local Sunday Newspapers Ltd: 1999

The test of whether a coroner should grant anonimity to a witness involved a decision on whether or not there was objective evidence to show that the fears of the Respondent established a serious or real possibility of danger to life. Burton J stated that it was common ground that ‘The fundamental principle at stake … Continue reading Regina v Bedfordshire Coroner ex parte Local Sunday Newspapers Ltd: 1999

Regina v Coroner for Southern District of Greater London, ex Parte Driscoll: Admn 22 Oct 1993

The applicant, a sister of the deceased, requested a judicial review of the decision of the coroner not to allow her to be represented and to cross examine witnesses. Held: One of the coroner’s letters had been offensive and misleading. A close blood relative should normally be allowed to be represented. The coroner had erred … Continue reading Regina v Coroner for Southern District of Greater London, ex Parte Driscoll: Admn 22 Oct 1993

Regina v West Yorkshire Coroner ex parte Smith: QBD 1985

The deceased’s father sought an order prohibiting the coroner from conducting an inquest on his dead daughter. Among his grounds was that the coroner might appear to be biased because of an outstanding application for costs against the coroner arising out of an earlier application for judicial review reversing the Divisional Court and held that … Continue reading Regina v West Yorkshire Coroner ex parte Smith: QBD 1985

Regina v Hammersmith Coroner ex parte Gray: CA 1986

Several police officers obtained an order directing a new inquest in a case in which the coroner was held to have misdirected the jury in relation to a possible verdict of unlawful killing. The misdirection was severe, but the issues and law were complex. Notwithstanding that the coroner had been represented: ‘If an order for … Continue reading Regina v Hammersmith Coroner ex parte Gray: CA 1986

Morahan, Regina (on The Application of) v Her Majestys Assistant Coroner for West London: Admn 11 Jun 2021

Whether there is a duty to hold a Middleton inquest following the death of a voluntary in-patient of a psychiatric rehabilitation unit due to an overdose of recreational drugs when she was at home in the community. Judges: Lord Justice Popplewell Citations: [2021] EWHC 1603 (Admin), [2021] WLR(D) 333, [2021] 3 WLR 919, [2021] QB … Continue reading Morahan, Regina (on The Application of) v Her Majestys Assistant Coroner for West London: Admn 11 Jun 2021

Hurst, Regina (on the Application of) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis v London Northern District Coroner: HL 28 Mar 2007

The claimant’s son had been stabbed to death. She challenged the refusal of the coroner to continue with the inquest with a view to examining the responsibility of any of the police in having failed to protect him. Held: The question amounted to asking whether the coroner’s decision on the resumption should have been affected … Continue reading Hurst, Regina (on the Application of) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis v London Northern District Coroner: HL 28 Mar 2007

Ferreira, Regina (on The Application of) v HM Senior Coroner for Inner South London: CA 26 Jan 2017

The situation where a person is taken into an intensive care unit for the purpose of life-saving treatment and is unable to give their consent to their consequent loss of liberty, does not result in a deprivation of liberty for article 5 purposes so long as the loss of liberty is due to the need … Continue reading Ferreira, Regina (on The Application of) v HM Senior Coroner for Inner South London: CA 26 Jan 2017

Regina v South London Coroner ex parte Ruddock: CA 8 Jul 1982

‘The coroner’s task in a case such as this is a formidable one . . once again, it should not be forgotten that an inquest is a fact-finding exercise and not a method of apportioning guilt. The procedure and rules of evidence which are suitable for the one are unsuitable for the other. In an … Continue reading Regina v South London Coroner ex parte Ruddock: CA 8 Jul 1982

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