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How Changes Are Being Considered In The Coroners Court.

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How Changes Are Being Considered In The Coroners Court. What is the Coroners court? > The Court dates back to the 11th century > A Coroners' inquest does not blame anyone > GPs deal with most natural deaths that occur > Pathologists carry out post-mortems if needed > A jury is very rarely used in the Coroners' Court Coroners are judicial officers that are responsible for investigating violent, unnatural or sudden deaths where the cause of death is unknown. The Coroner's Court holds an inquest to determine how, when and where the individual died, and in some cases a coroner will head this court on their own. Coroners are generally lawyers, and in some cases doctors, and they and their deputies hold investigations or inquests into the causes of death to determine whether further criminal investigation is necessary. 1 Reforming the coroner and death certification service CM6159. The Home Secretary's View (foreword). The home secretary David Blunkett's view of the current operation of the system is that the system does work well but the "existing coroner and death certification arrangements have a long history". He feels there is a need for change because: > Some practices underpinning the coroner system are outdated e.g. ...read more.

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Burial can take place when the death is registered. 5. Cremation however needs a further step of more certification: i. Application for to be completed by the executor arranging the cremation. ii. Issuing of a further, more detailed certificate of the cause of death. iii. Issue of another certificate by an independent doctor who has double checked the information from the first doctor. iv. Approved by a third doctor, the medical referee appointed for the crematorium where the cremation is to take place. 6. A fee is normally charged by the doctors who issue the cremation certificate. A fee is also payable to the medical referee. 7. Where the death has been referred to the coroner, a certificate to replace steps 2 and 3 may be issued for cremation. If there is an inquest the coroner will issue a burial order or a cremation certificate once there is no more investigation needed. A coroner's work relates to responsibilities of certain government departments some of which are; The home office (legislation), Local authorities (appoint coroners), Lord Chancellor (can discipline coroners) and the department of health (the NHS which is able to carry out post mortems, death certificates etc). The key proposals for change. ...read more.

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Appendix. Search Strategies. My preferred search engine to use was www.google.co.uk, which can search over 8,058,044,651 web pages. The first report I needed to find was Reforming the coroner and death certification service CM6159 this is how I went about it. > Went to www.google.co.uk - UK not .com. this is so I could get pages and reports from the UK and not from other areas in the world. > Typed in Reforming the coroner and death certification service. Search. > There were far too many hits and many were not even relevant. > Went back to Google and refined the search: Reforming the coroner and death certification service CM6159. > More concentrated articles based around the home office website. www.homeoffice.gov.uk > I then searched within this particular website and came up with an article: www.homeoffice.gov.uk/justice/legalprocess/coroners/coronerreform.html > From this opening page there was a link to a further page (http://www.official-documents.co.uk/document/cm61/6159/6159.htm). > On this page there was a link to download a copy of the report in pdf. www.officialdocuments.co.uk/documents/CM61/6159/6159.htm Many of the other papers were all linked in with hyperlinks attaching the papers together. This is what I found when trying to find the Home office circular No 46/1999 - coroner service: model coroners' charter. http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/docs/hoc9946.html As well as links to these papers I also found links for background reading on the 2nd and 3rd reports of the Shipman case. http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/justice/legalprocess/coroners/index. ...read more.

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