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Death and taxes: the past, present and future of the coronial service
 A lecture by the Chief Coroner of England and Wales, HHJ Thomas Teague KC, celebrating 10 years post-reform
The Chief Coroner’s speech on the tenth anniversary of the implementation of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009, delivered on 22 November 2023 and available

IPSO – Reporting on Suicide: Guidance for journalists and editors   1 November 2023 (here)
Open justice must be a crucial principle in any fair and ethical society.   Fair, accurate and contemporaneous media reporting of court proceedings is to be encouraged, and media reporting of matters stated in open court should only be

Forensic Imaging Volume 34, September 2023

This recent journal article ‘Rutty’s Rules”: Baseline guidance to safe postmortem computed tomography. by Prof Guy Rutty

Sets out his ten basic guidance rules to aid develop or run established postmortem computed tomography (PMCT) reporting services.

Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the

 ORR and Dorris v Secretary of State for Transport [2023] EWCR 1 (judgment here)
This judgment, that was held back until the completion of a criminal trial, highlights again the thorny issue of the disclosure into subsequent legal proceedings of ‘protected material’ that has been collected during an independent Accident Investigation Branch’s (‘AIB’) investigation.

R(Mid and West Wales Fire & Rescue Service) v Senior Coroner for Pembrokeshire & Carmarthenshire and Marine Accident Investigation Branch [2023] EWHC 1669 (Admin) 12.7.23 (judgment here)
The High Court’s Norfolk[1] decision has sat uneasily with some in the coronial law community. Although coroners have a statutory duty to investigate a cause