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IAP concerns over the proposed abolition of the Chief Coroner

In April 2011, Lord Toby Harris,  Chair of the IAP wrote to the Coroners and Burial Unit within the Ministry of Justice to air the Panel's concern over the proposed abolition of the Chief Coroner under the Public Bodies Bill.  It is the belief of the Panel that the appointment of the Chief Coroner, a key element of the Coroners and Justice Act of 2009, would have ensured that learning from deaths in state custody is given a higher priority. The focus on learning is crucially important in order to prevent repetition of poor practice or mistakes in the future. You can read the Panel's original letter, along with the response from the Ministry of Justice below.

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