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Coroners: a guide to the new law

ISBN: 978 1853288333

20 December 2010

Fewer than half this book’s pages contain guidance of the kind mentioned in the title. There are 79 pages of appendices, including the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 and the Draft Charter for Bereaved People, while the remainder are divided into just three chapters: the first discusses the passage of the coroners and justice bill through parliament, while the others comment on the eventual Act and the draft charter respectively.

Though sometimes interesting and of historical value, the first chapter is unlikely to be essential reading – at least for the inquest practitioner. And, while the second chapter may be the kernel of the book, the commentary it provides is modest. That is not to say that the new Act is uncontroversial: the possibility of so-called ‘secret’ inquests, for example, excited a great deal of comment, and it is discussed here, along with Jack Straw’s two about-turns on the subject (which ultimately left him facing the same way).

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