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Coroners and Justice Bill


 

Coroners and Justice Bill

 

[AS AMENDED ON REPORT]

 
 

Contents

Part 1

Coroners etc

Chapter 1

Investigations into deaths

Duty to investigate

1   

Duty to investigate certain deaths

Investigation by other coroner

2   

Request for other coroner to conduct investigation

3   

Direction for other coroner to conduct investigation

Discontinuance of investigation

4   

Discontinuance where cause of death revealed by post-mortem examination

Purpose of investigation

5   

Matters to be ascertained

Regulation of investigatory powers

6   

Information for requests

7   

Amendment to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000

Inquests

8   

Duty to hold inquest

9   

Whether jury required

10   

Assembling a jury

11   

Determinations and findings by jury

 

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Outcome of investigation

12   

Determinations and findings to be made

Suspension

13   

Duty or power to suspend or resume investigations

Death of service personnel abroad

14   

Investigation in Scotland

15   

Investigation in England and Wales despite body being brought to Scotland

Ancillary powers of coroners in relation to deaths

16   

Post-mortem examinations

17   

Power to remove body

Chapter 2

Notification, certification and registration of deaths

18   

Notification by medical practitioner to senior coroner

19   

Medical examiners

20   

Medical certificate of cause of death

21   

National Medical Examiner

Chapter 3

Coroner areas, appointments etc

22   

Coroner areas

23   

Appointment etc of senior coroners, area coroners and assistant coroners

24   

Provision of staff and accommodation

Chapter 4

Investigations concerning treasure

25   

Coroner for Treasure and Assistant Coroners for Treasure

26   

Investigations concerning treasure

27   

Inquests concerning treasure

28   

Outcome of investigations concerning treasure

29   

Exception to duty to investigate

30   

Code of practice under the Treasure Act 1996

Chapter 5

Further provision to do with investigations and deaths

31   

Powers of coroners

32   

Offences

33   

Allowances, fees and expenses

 
 

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Chapter 6

Governance etc

34   

Chief Coroner and Deputy Chief Coroners

35   

Reports and advice to the Lord Chancellor from the Chief Coroner

36   

Regulations about training

37   

Medical Adviser and Deputy Medical Advisers to the Chief Coroner

38   

Inspection of coroner system

39   

Appeals to the Chief Coroner

40   

Investigation by Chief Coroner or Coroner for Treasure or by judge, former

judge or former coroner

41   

Guidance by the Lord Chancellor

Chapter 7

Supplementary

Regulations and rules

42   

Coroners regulations

43   

Treasure regulations

44   

Coroners rules

Coroner of the Queen’s household

45   

Abolition of the office of coroner of the Queen’s household

Interpretation

46   

“Interested person”

47   

Interpretation: general

Northern Ireland and Scotland amendments

48   

Amendments to the Coroners Act (Northern Ireland) 1959

49   

Amendments to the Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths Inquiry (Scotland)

Act 1976

Part 2

Criminal offences

Chapter 1

Murder, infanticide and suicide

Partial defence to murder: diminished responsibility

50   

Persons suffering from diminished responsibility (England and Wales)

51   

Persons suffering from diminished responsibility (Northern Ireland)

 
 

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Partial defence to murder: loss of control

52   

Partial defence to murder: loss of control

53   

Meaning of “qualifying trigger”

54   

Abolition of common law defence of provocation

Infanticide

55   

Infanticide (England and Wales)

56   

Infanticide (Northern Ireland)

Suicide

57   

Encouraging or assisting suicide (England and Wales)

58   

Encouraging or assisting suicide (Northern Ireland)

59   

Encouraging or assisting suicide: information society services

Chapter 2

Images of children

Prohibited images

60   

Possession of prohibited images of children

61   

Exclusion of classified film etc

62   

Defences

63   

Meaning of “image” and “child”

64   

Penalties

65   

Entry, search, seizure and forfeiture

66   

Special rules relating to providers of information society services

Indecent pseudo-photographs of children

67   

Indecent pseudo-photographs of children: marriage etc

Chapter 3

Other offences

68   

Genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes

69   

Conspiracy

70   

Abolition of common law libel offences etc

Part 3

Criminal evidence, investigations and procedure

Chapter 1

Anonymity in investigations

71   

Qualifying offences

72   

Qualifying criminal investigations

73   

Investigation anonymity orders

74   

Applications

 
 

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75   

Conditions for making order

76   

Appeal against refusal of order

77   

Discharge of order

78   

Delegation of functions

79   

Public interest immunity

80   

Application to armed forces

81   

Interpretation of this Chapter

Chapter 2

Anonymity of witnesses

Witness anonymity orders

82   

Witness anonymity orders

83   

Applications

84   

Conditions for making order

85   

Relevant considerations

86   

Warning to jury

Discharge and variation

87   

Discharge or variation of order

88   

Discharge or variation after proceedings

89   

Discharge or variation by appeal court

Service courts

90   

Special provisions for service courts

Public interest immunity

91   

Public interest immunity

The Criminal Evidence (Witness Anonymity) Act 2008

92   

Power to make orders under the 2008 Act

Interpretation

93   

Interpretation of this Chapter

Chapter 3

Vulnerable and intimidated witnesses

Special measures for vulnerable and intimidated witnesses

94   

Eligibility for special measures: age of child witnesses

95   

Eligibility for special measures: offences involving weapons

96   

Special measures directions for child witnesses

97   

Special provisions relating to sexual offences

98   

Evidence by live link: presence of supporter

99   

Video recorded evidence in chief: supplementary testimony

 
 

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Evidence of certain accused persons

100   

Examination of accused through intermediary

Witnesses protected from cross-examination by accused in person

101   

Age of child complainant

Chapter 4

Live links

102   

Directions to attend through live link

103   

Answering to live link bail

104   

Searches of persons answering to live link bail

105   

Use of live link in certain enforcement hearings

106   

Direction of registrar for appeal hearing by live link

Chapter 5

Miscellaneous

Evidence by video recording

107   

Effect of admission of video recording

Evidence of previous complaints

108   

Admissibility of evidence of previous complaints

Immunity etc

109   

Powers in respect of offenders who assist investigations and prosecutions

Bail

110   

Bail: risk of committing an offence causing injury

111   

Bail decisions in murder cases to be made by Crown Court judge

Unsigned indictments

112   

Indictment of offenders

Detention and treatment of terrorist suspects

113   

Independent Commissioner for Terrorist Suspects

 
 

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Part 4

Sentencing

Chapter 1

Sentencing Council for England and Wales

Sentencing Council for England and Wales

114   

Sentencing Council for England and Wales

115   

Annual report

Guidelines

116   

Sentencing guidelines

117   

Sentencing ranges

118   

Allocation guidelines

119   

Preparation or revision of guidelines in urgent cases

120   

Proposals by Lord Chancellor or Court of Appeal

Duties of the court

121   

Sentencing guidelines: duty of court

122   

Determination of tariffs etc

Other functions of the Council

123   

Resource implications of guidelines

124   

Monitoring

125   

Promoting awareness

126   

Resources: effect of sentencing practice

127   

Resources: effect of factors not related to sentencing

128   

Duty to assess impact of policy and legislative proposals

Lord Chancellor’s functions

129   

Assistance by the Lord Chancellor

130   

Entrenchment of Lord Chancellor’s functions

Miscellaneous and general

131   

Abolition of existing sentencing bodies

132   

Interpretation of this Chapter

Chapter 2

Other provisions relating to sentencing

Driving disqualification

133   

Extension of driving disqualification

 
 

 
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