Supreme Court rules on unlawful killing

21 Dec 2020

Speaking to IOSH magazine, BLM Partner and Head of Health and Safety in London, Peter James disccuses the recent Supreme Court judgment that has changed long-accepted coronial law and practice concerning the ‘standard of proof’ that is needed to reach a conclusion of suicide or unlawful killing in inquests.

In a 3:2 majority in the case of R (on the application of Maughan) v Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire, it was held that short form conclusions of suicide and unlawful killing in inquests should now be decided on a civil standard.

Click here to read Peter's full commentary on the case.

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