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Coroners' Courts

Volume 895: debated on Monday 7 July 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to receive recommendations on the power of coroners' courts to record verdicts against individuals.

The Committee on Death Certification and Coroners under the chairmanship of Judge Brodrick which reported in November 1971 (Cmnd. 4810) recommended that the duty of a coroner's jury, if its verdict is murder or manslaughter, to name the person or persons responsible for causing a death and the coroner's obligation to commit such a person for trial should be abolished. The Government will give effect to this particular recommendation when legislative opportunity affords.