Coroners: Appeals

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 23rd November 2021.

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Photo of Tulip Siddiq Tulip Siddiq Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to improve the experience of bereaved families who appeal decisions by coroners.

Photo of Tom Pursglove Tom Pursglove Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice and Home Office)

A coroner’s decision can be challenged by way of judicial review or in certain circumstances (where an individual considers a coroner has refused or neglected to hold an inquest which ought to be held, or where an inquest has been held and the discovery of new facts or evidence makes it desirable that another investigation should be held), through an application to the High Court, with the authority of or by the Attorney-General.

However, in response to the Justice Committee’s recommendation that the Government should introduce a system of appeals, the Government has committed to look further into the issue.

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