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Coroners' Courts

Volume 23: debated on Friday 14 May 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has any plans to introduce legislation to amend the law relating to coroners' courts; and if he will make a statement.

As my right hon. Friend indicated in his response to the report from the Select Committee on Home Affairs on deaths in custody on 11 November 1980—[Vol. 992, c. 151–2]—we accept the principle that all deaths in custody should be reported to the coroner that inquests should be held with a jury on all such deaths, and that coroners' juries should be selected by the process used for juries in other courts. These matters will require legislation in due course. We have no other plans to amend the law relating to coroners' courts.