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Introduction

This box set of 6 online modules will consider the practical issues facing inquest practitioners when dealing with a range of coronial cases.

What You Will Learn

This webinar series will cover the following:

Module 1 - The Rules and Legislation Governing the Coroners Jurisdiction

This module will cover the fundamentals of the legislation, rules and case law that apply to cases that are dealt with in the coroner’s jurisdiction, including when a death is reported to the coroner, how a case is to be handled by the coroner and when (and how) an inquest will take place.

It will also look at important recourses which will assist in understanding the basic principles of conducting an inquest and help you to identify where to find the best information needed to conduct an inquest.

The module will consider such factors and topics including:

  • Coroner’s (Inquest) Rules 2013
  • Coroners and Justice Act 2009
  • Chief Coroner’s Guidance
  • Chief Coroner’s Law Sheets
  • Important Case Law

Module 2 - Article 2 and When it Applies in an Inquest

One of the primary issues to be resolved during an inquest is whether Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights applies and if so, what practical effect this has on the inquest process.

This module will guide you through the relevant and most recent case law governing Article 2 as well as consider the practical differences between Article 2 and non-Article 2 engaged inquests.

The module will consider such factors and topics including:

  • Difference between Middleton v Jamieson
  • Basic principles of Article 2
  • How Article 2 applies to different types of inquests
  • Case law update
  • Practical differences

Module 3 - Types of Hearings, Inquests and Jury Inquests

As a practitioner you may be required to attend several hearings before the final inquest is heard. This module will take you through what to expect pre-inquest and how to get the best out of those hearings, including what factors may affect listing the final hearing and its duration.

The module will also look at when a jury can be called and whether there is a tactical advantage in having or not having a jury.

This module will consider such factors and topics including:

  • Openings and Pre-Inquest Reviews
  • Different types of formats of inquests
  • MoUs and investigations by other bodies
  • When to have a jury inquest

Module 4 - Evidence, Exhibits and Disclosure in the Coroners Court

Disclosure in the coroner’s court is of paramount importance as it is the coroner who conducts the investigation but he or she is only as good as the information requested or supplied.

This module will cover what is to be disclosed by interested parties and when disclosure is necessary, and what issues may arise during the course of the proceedings, including inadvertent non-disclosure. It will also look at how to make the most out of the evidence including the use of physical exhibits or video evidence.

The module will consider such factors and topics including:

  • Best use of a jury bundle
  • When to introduce exhibits
  • Law surrounding disclosure
  • Practical issues that can be encountered with disclosure
  • Disclosure in HSE cases

Module 5 - A Practical Guide to Advocacy in the Coroner’s Court

A coroner’s court is a jurisdiction like no other, with it being neither criminal nor civil and so this module will take you through the relevant Coroners (Inquest) Rules that govern court procedure.

The module will also look at some practical issues and problems which may arise when witnesses give their evidence, including privilege against self-incrimination or the use of special measures.

This module will consider such factors and topics including:

  • Application of Rule 22
  • Application of Rule 23
  • Availability special measures
  • The application of the Coroners (Inquest) Rules 2013 to court procedure

Module 6 - Conclusions and Other Considerations to Consider at the End of the Inquest

Once the evidence is finished its vital to know what to do with the information that’s been elicited and importantly how the coroner can use it. This final module looks at the conclusions available to the coroner and how best to address him/her on what can be considered, either by the coroner alone or by a jury.

The module will also look at the coroner’s power to issue a Prevention of Future Deaths reports and how to avoid them if you’re for an interested party.

This module will consider such factors and topics including:

  • Types of conclusions
  • Chief Coroner’s Guidance No.17
  • Effect of Article 2
  • How to deal with conclusions and a jury
  • PFD and paragraph 37 letters
  • The role of the media

This pre-recorded webinar will be streamed at 12:30pm on Thursday 22nd April 2021 and will remain available to view by delegates who have registered by then for 90 days.

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