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Judge-led inquests

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.

In some cases, a local authority will invite the Chief Coroner and the Lord Chancellor to consent to the appointment of a judge as an assistant coroner for an area so that the judge can deal with an inquest or inquests. As with nominations under schedule 10 (above), the Chief Coroner and Lord Chancellor will consider such applications for consent in a variety of situations, including if a case is particularly sensitive, or contains sensitive material, or is of particular national or public importance.

Inquests into the deaths arising from the Westminster terror attack of 22 March 2017

The Chief Coroner, HHJ Mark Lucraft QC, was responsible for holding the inquests into the deaths of the four individuals killed on Westminster Bridge; the police officer killed within the Palace of Westminster; and the attacker.  The inquests took place at the Central Criminal Court starting on 10 September 2018.
A dedicated website was set up for the inquests, which contains information about the inquests, previous hearings including links to the agenda and directions of those hearings.
All enquiries should be made to Siân Jones, Solicitor to the Inquests at SianJones@bdb-law.co.uk or on 020 7783 3587.

Inquests into the deaths arising from the London Bridge and Borough Market terror attack of 3 June 2017

The Chief Coroner, HHJ Mark Lucraft QC, was responsible for holding the inquests into the deaths of the eight individuals killed on London Bridge and Borough Market; and the three attackers.  The inquests took place at the Central Criminal Court.
A dedicated website was set up for the inquests, which contains information about the inquests, previous hearings including links to the agenda and directions of those hearings.
All enquiries should be made to Siân Jones, Solicitor to the Inquests at SianJones@bdb-law.co.uk or on 020 7783 3587.

Inquests into the deaths arising from the Manchester Arena terror attack of 22 May 2017

Sir John Sanders (a retired High Court Judge) was nominated to hold inquests into the deaths of the 22 individuals killed at the Manchester Arena, and the attacker. On 22 October 2019 it was determined that the inquests would become a Public Enquiry with Sir John Saunders as the Chairman.
A dedicated website has been set up for the inquiry, which contains information about the inquiry, previous hearings and includes links to the agendas.
All enquiries should be made to Tim Suter, Solicitor to the Inquiry at timsuter@fieldfisher.com or 020 7861 4856.

Inquests into the death of Jermaine Baker on 11 December 2015

In March 2019, His Honour Clement Goldstone QC was nominated to hold an inquest into the death of Jermaine Baker who was shot by armed police close to Wood Green Crown Court. On February 13 2020, the Home Secretary announced that the inquest would become a Public Inquiry under the Chairmanship of His Honour Clement Goldstone QC.
A dedicated website will be set up which will contain information about the inquiry, previous hearings and includes links to the agendas.
All enquiries should be made to Abi Scholefield, Senior Associate, of Messrs Fieldfisher, Solicitor to the Inquiry on Abigail.scholefield@fieldfisher.com or 0161 300 1782.

Inquests into the death of Jamal Uddin on 18 February 2016

His Honour Judge Patrick Field QC (a serving Circuit Judge at Manchester Crown Court) was nominated to hold the inquest into the death of Jalal Uddin, a 71-year-old man originally from Bangladesh.
All enquiries in connection with the inquest should be made to HM Coroner’s Court, The Phoenix Centre, L/Cpl Stephen Shaw MC Way, Heywood, OL10 1LR (01706 924 815 or coroners.office@rochdale.gov.uk).

Inquests into the death of Sabrina Rivzi in 2003

Her Honour Judge Angela Rafferty QC, sitting as an assistant coroner for South London will hold the inquest into the death of Sabrina Rivzi. Sabrina Rivzi was shot in 2003 when collecting her boyfriend from a police station.

Inquests into the death of Daniel Cuffe on 21 August 2015

His Honour Judge Philip Katz QC, sitting as an assistant coroner for Hertfordshire, held the inquest into the death of Daniel Cuffe. Daniel Cuffe died following contact with the police in Hertfordshire when a drugs warrant was executed at his address in Cheshunt. In the course of the search, whilst under restraint, Mr Cuffe informed officers he had swallowed a significant quantity of cocaine. An ambulance was called. He died in hospital two days later. The inquest was heard at the Central Criminal Court starting on 6 January 2020.  The inquest concluded on 14 January 2020. The conclusion was misadventure.

Inquests into the deaths of Anthony Walgate, Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth and Jack Taylor

Stephen Port was convicted of the murders of Anthony Walgate, Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth and Jack Taylor.
Her Honour Judge Sarah Munro QC, sitting as an Assistant Coroner for East London, will hold the inquests into these four deaths which took place between June 2014 and September 2015.  Inquests for two of the men were held and open verdicts recorded. In November 2017 the High Court ordered that the two inquests should be quashed and ordered fresh inquests. It was also decided that inquests for the two other deaths should be heard before the same coroner. The inquest hearing with a jury is due to commence on Monday 4 January 2021.
A dedicated website has been set up for the inquests.
All enquiries should be made to Oliver Carlyon at olivercarylon@fieldfisher.com

Inquests into the death of Barry Pring on 16 February 2008

His Honour Judge Paul Matthews was nominated on 31 October 2017 to hold a fresh inquest into the death of Barry Pring who died following a road traffic collision in February 2008 in Kiev, Ukraine. An inquest was held in January 2017 and a conclusion of unlawful killing was made. On 24 April 2017, by consent, the High Court quashed the inquest and ordered a fresh inquest be opened. The inquest hearing is listed for two weeks from 20 April 2020.
All enquiries should be made to Myfanwy Buckeridge, Solicitor to the Inquest at m.buckeridge@barcankirby.co.uk or Barcan+Kirby, 49/50 Queen Square, Bristol BS1 4LW.

Inquests into the deaths arising from the Fishmongers’ Hall and London Bridge terror attack of 29 November 2019

The Chief Coroner, HHJ Mark Lucraft QC, is responsible for holding the inquests into the deaths of the two individuals killed in Fishmongers’ Hall, and the attacker. The inquests are to take place at the Central Criminal Court. There is to be a hearing in April 2020.
All enquiries should be made to Siân Jones, Solicitor to the Inquests at SianJones@bdb-law.co.uk or on 020 7783 3587.

Inquest into the death of William Smith on 1 May 2016

The Deputy Chief Coroner, HHJ Alexia Durran, is responsible for holding the inquest into the death of William Smith who was shot by police officers on 1 May 2016. The inquest is to take place at Maidstone Crown Court on 2 November 2020.