The University of Bolton Coronial Law Course is a pioneering and unique series of professional development lectures delivered in partnership with the School of Law. 

A series of lectures, seminars and a mock inquest will presented on a number of dates in 2019 by experts in Coronial Law.  

The course is held in Bolton and Sheffield - further details are on the flyer attached here.   

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For the first time, the Coroners Society of England and Wales has invited fellow professionals who are not coroners to attend on the Friday of its Annual Conference – 27 September 2019 held in Essex.

A programme including eminent speakers will address ‘Responding to the challenge of terrorism’. The meeting will be of interest to lawyers, doctors, pathologists, police, and others.  The programme can be seen here with the booking form here.

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The Chief Coroner, HHJ Mark Lucraft QC, is holding the Inquests into the deaths of the four victims of the Westminster Bridge attack and the Police Officer killed within the Palace of Westminster in March 2017.

Sebastian Naughton of Serjeants’ Inn Chambers is representing one of the NHS Trusts who provided care to victims of the attack.  The inquest transcripts are publicly available here .

The Supreme Court have this week heard the appeal in the matter of Hugh Jordan, considering whether a claim under HRA 1998 alleging a breach of the requirement for a prompt investigation of a death contrary to Art 2 ECHR can be brought before the inquest has finally concluded.  Ian Skelt of Serjeants' Inn is junior counsel to the NI Coroner.   

Bridget Dolan QC and Michael Walsh have been advising the Senior Coroner for Preston and Lancashire on the legal aspects of setting up an innovative, radiologist-led, non-invasive post mortem “digital autopsy” service in Lancashire, as described in this article from the Health Service Journal.

Innovations in post-mortem scanning techniques, including the use of targeted coronary angiography,  mean that a technique that was in the past mainly used as an adjunct to a traditional autopsy examination can now wholly replace the need for evisceration of the body. [1] [2]  As CT scanning alone can now provide a cause of death in 90% of cases this has now become the first-line investigation for coronial post mortem examinations in Lancashire.   

In co-operation between the local NHS Trusts, the Local Authority and a private provider, this "free at point of delivery" digital autopsy service is staffed by NHS personnel (including consultant radiologists & pathologists, specialist forensic radiographers and specially trained APTs). The service  is provided at a less than cost or cost neutral expenditure when compared to traditional post-mortems.   In the first three months of operation, over 90 per cent of scans established the cause of death thereby avoiding 415 invasive post-mortems.

The comfort and benefit delivered to bereaved families by the knowledge that an accurate cause of death has been identified without resorting to evisceration of the body is considerable and not to be underestimated.


[1]        Diagnostic accuracy of post-mortem CT with targeted coronary angiography versus autopsy for coroner-requested post-mortem investigations: a prospective, masked, comparison study. Rutty et al, Lancet 2017; 390: 145–54.

[2]   Postmortem CT Angiography Compared with Autopsy: A Forensic Multicenter Study.  Grabherr et al.  May [2018] Radiology