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Articles Inquests & Inquiries 15th May 2019

Court of Appeal decides important questions of law and practice relevant to Coroner’s inquests

In R (on the Application of Maughan) v HM Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire [2019] EWCQ Civ 809, the Court of Appeal (Underhill LJ, Davis LJ and Davies LJ), upholding the Divisional Court, has held that in inquest hearings the standard of proof applicable to the conclusion of suicide (whether short form or narrative) is the civil standard and not the criminal standard, contrary to what had been regarded as settled law and practice, (at least at Divisional Court level), for over 35 years.

Read more in this alerter by Abigail Cohen.


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