Coroners are independent judicial office holders and, as such, it would not be appropriate for Ministers to interfere in their decisions.
Following the judgment of the Administrative Court in R (Adath Yisroel Burial Society) v Senior Coroner for Inner North London (2018) EWHC 969 (Admin), the Chief Coroner issued guidance to coroners on handling urgent decisions, including those concerning faith issues. The Guidance is a practical guide to assist coroners in situations where:
- a bereaved family has made a request to the coroner for urgent consideration of the death of a loved one and/or early release of the body; or
- the coroner or coroner’s officers otherwise become aware of features of a particular death which may justify treating it as especially urgent.
The Guidance provides a summary of the guiding principles and is available at: https://www.judiciary.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/guidance-no-28-report-of-death-to-the-coroner-2010517.pdf