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Coroners: Appeals

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 75059, tabled on 15 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to improve the experience of bereaved families who appeal decisions by coroners.

Answered on

23 November 2021

A coroner’s decision can be challenged by way of judicial review or in certain circumstances (where an individual considers a coroner has refused or neglected to hold an inquest which ought to be held, or where an inquest has been held and the discovery of new facts or evidence makes it desirable that another investigation should be held), through an application to the High Court, with the authority of or by the Attorney-General.

However, in response to the Justice Committee’s recommendation that the Government should introduce a system of appeals, the Government has committed to look further into the issue.