Presumption of Death

18 July 2011

The Justice Committee has decided to hold a brief inquiry looking at the issues around the presumption of death in England and Wales. Presumption of death is the process by which people can register a death where there is no body, and resolve their affairs, including financial, marital and probate

The inquiry will seek to answer the following questions:

  • Does the current system work effectively?
  • Does the current system create difficulties for families, and if so, how can these be resolved?
  • What can we learn from the experiences of Scotland and Northern Ireland which have Presumption of Death Acts?
  • Is there a need for legislative or procedural change in England and Wales? If so, what form should these changes take?

Written evidence should be in Word (no later than 2007) or rich text format with as little use of colour or logos as possible, and sent by e-mail to

The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 30 September 2011.

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