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Admitted failings in Article 2 inquests needn’t be part of the Coroner’s conclusion
R (Carole Smith) v HM Assistant Coroner for North West Wales  EWHC 781 (Admin) (judgment here) 7 April 2020.
The High Court has emphatically supported a Coroner’s decision not to record admitted, non-causative failings in an Article 2 inquest conclusion. The court’s observations about the proper content of a Record of Inquest (ROI) will be thought-provoking for all Coroners and practitioners particularly as they (i) imply judgmental conclusions on the ROI may be inappropriate (ii) narrow the import of the Tainton decision to jury cases and (iii) elevate the Coroner’s findings of fact and pre-conclusion reasoning to a level that may have significant repercussions for how Coroners close their proceedings in future.
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