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New coroners' system to be set up in England and Wales

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 09 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:323
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. BMJ

    Plans for the most far reaching reforms to the system of coroners' courts in England and Wales for more than 80 years were unveiled by the government this week.

    A new national service of full time, legally qualified coroners will be set up under a chief coroner, replacing the current archaic and fragmented system, which dates back to the 12th century. Doctors will no longer be able to serve as coroners, unless they have also qualified as solicitors or barristers.

    A national training system for coroners and an inspectorate to audit their work …

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