Under Schedule 10 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009, if requested by the Chief Coroner, the Lord Chief Justice, in consultation with the Lord Chancellor, may nominate a Judge to conduct an inquest. The Chief Coroner will make such a request for a variety of reasons, including if the case is particularly sensitive, or contains sensitive material, or is of particular national or public importance.
Mr Perepilichnyy, a Russian national living in Britain, collapsed and died in 2012. The cause of death is unascertained but it has been alleged that he might have been murdered by agents of the Russian states. Due to the high profile nature and sensitivity of the case, the Recorder of London, HHJ Nicholas Hilliard QC, was nominated to conduct the inquest. The inquest was opened in June 2017 at the Central Criminal Court. The next hearing will take place on 10th – 13th April 2018.