Clause 40 - Suspension of requirement for jury at inquest where coronavirus suspected

Part of Judicial Review and Courts Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:15 pm on 18th November 2021.

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Photo of Andrew Slaughter Andrew Slaughter Labour, Hammersmith 3:15 pm, 18th November 2021

I will take my lead from the right hon. Member for South Holland and The Deepings on this matter. I think that this is a good example of a practical measure and there are sufficient safeguards to allow jury inquests to continue where necessary, so we do not intend to oppose it. Clearly, one would not wish to restrict unduly, and certainly not against the interests of justice, the opportunity for jury inquests, but I think that the way in which the clause is set out and the stages that are gone through ensure that that will be possible and that there is unlikely to be any miscarriage on those grounds.