MPs debate the Coroners and Justice Bill

10 November 2009

The House of Commons considered the Lords amendments to the Coroners and Justice Bill. The introduction of this Bill follows a number of separate reviews of the law on coroners and justice

The key areas of the Bill include:

  • Reforming the law relating to death certification and coroners, requiring some inquests to be heard without a jury
  • Amending the defences of diminished responsibility and provocation in homicide cases
  • Simplifying language in the offence of assisting or encouraging suicide
  • Removing an exemption for 'discussion or criticism' in the new offence of inciting hatred on grounds of sexual orientation
  • Extending the law proscribing possession of child pornography to include non photographic images
  • Increasing flexibility in the help given to vulnerable witnesses giving evidence
  • Changing rules on live links for defendants
  • Reforming the system of granting bail in murder cases
  • Making changes to legal aid.

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