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Inquests: The Coronavirus Act 2020 and the scrutiny dilemma

The unprecedented situation presented by the Coronavirus outbreak has created numerous issues for the Coroner’s service which bring the objective of the Coroner’s investigations – scrutiny, and prevention of future deaths – into sharp focus. The outbreak has necessitated an…

What could Covid-19 mean for Inquest Witnesses?

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many inquests around England and Wales are being postponed until further notice. Inquests are of course of great importance in ensuring the State investigates specific deaths, but necessary steps have been taken by many courts in order…

Updated guidance on Inquests during Covid-19 crisis

Following on from our earlier briefing which covers the potential impact for witnesses attending forthcoming Inquests, the Chief Coroner has now published detailed guidance which provides more clarity on the position. We set out a summary below. Witnesses The guidance states that no…

Court of Protection Practice in light of Covid-19

Visiting P On 13th March 2020, Mr Justice Hayden issued guidance relating to the question of judges and legal advisors visiting P, signalling that visits to P should only be made where that is assessed as absolutely necessary. The importance of…