9 April 2019
The appellant, who is the brother of the deceased, appeals against the order of the Divisional Court of the 26th July 2018 that dismissed the claim for Judicial Review. The background to the application is that the appellant’s brother was found hanged in his prison cell at HMP Bullingdon. The respondent, sitting with a jury, conducted an inquest into his death. The question raised is whether a coroner or a coroner’s jury, after hearing the evidence, may lawfully record a conclusion to the effect that the deceased committed suicide reached on the balance of probabilities; or whether such a conclusion is only permissible if it has been proved to the criminal standard of proof.