De Menezes case – radical reform of coroner system required

In the Times, further light is thrown on the De Menezes inquest by Tom Luce, who chaired the Fundamental Review of Coroners and Death Certification in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (2001-03):

The prohibition in Rule 42 of the Coroners’ Rules on framing any verdict “in such a way as to appear to determine any question of (a) criminal liability on the part of a named person, or (b) civil liability” means that except in cases where a death is caused by an unknown and unidentified assailant, the unlawful killing verdict is rarely if ever legitimately available.

I thoroughly recommend the article. As in the case of Damian Green, we find a case for radical reform of the law.

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