House of Commons Justice Committee Calls for Reform

17th June 2021 | Reports

The House of Commons Justice Committee has called for fundamental reforms of Coroners Courts to “bring bereaved people into the heart of the system.”

The report was published on 26th May.

Read the report summary

Read the conclusions and recommendations

Read the full report

Read an interactive summary of the key recommendations

A principal recommendation is that in large, complex inquests – such as that following the 1989 Hillsborough disaster where many people were killed in a football crowd crush – there should be a legal ‘equality of arms’, with bereaved people having an automatic right to public funding for legal representation.

The Committee also called for the creation of a national coronial service for England and Wales, for an inspectorate for that service to ensure consistent standards, and for a charter of rights for bereaved people.

These and other recommendations are contained in a major new report by the Justice Committee, The Coroner Service in England and Wales. The full, embargoed report is attached to this press release. The Committee – a cross party group of MPs that scrutinizes the judicial system and how the government runs it – published the report after taking extensive written and oral evidence.

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