Disentangling the general Article 2 ECHR duty

R (Patton) v Assistant Coroner for Carmarthenshire & Pembrokeshire [1] [2022] EWHC 1377 (Admin) (here) 7 June 2022. Consideration of the, still evolving, Art 2 procedural duty in respect of inquests will often demand an intricate analysis of several different strands from judicial precedents that then need to be woven together to establish a nuanced […]

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Coronial bias: A predisposition is not a predetermination

In the matter of Downey [2021] NIQB 108 (here) There is much to be learned from this recusal application, that was founded on the Coroner having allegedly expressed a decided view regarding an important legal point before he had received the written submissions he had invited on the issue. Despite a High Court judge initially having ‘significant […]

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Art 2 Inquests: Local Authority care is not state detention – but having a wide scope whilst keeping an open mind is a good idea

R (Boyce) v HM Senior Coroner for Teesside and Hartlepool (and (1) Middlesbrough Borough Council (2) Tees Valley Care Ltd) [2022] EWHC 107 (Admin), 21.1.22 There can be no dispute that Article 2 procedural obligations will extend to all violent deaths and suicides of those in state detention, such that a full Article 2 inquest must […]

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