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Coroner: Put family at heart of inquests.

A senior coroner has urged more than 100 legal experts to always put the family at the heart of an inquest.

During the annual Inquest Seminar hosted by No5 Barristers' Chambers at Maple House in the city, keynote speaker Louise Hunt, senior coroner for Birmingham and Solihull, told the audience her view followed the Hillsborough inquests, and said there was a significant focus now on the bereaved within the inquest process.

She added there had been a sea-change in how families were treated, adding one example was the fact families were being asked if they wanted to provide a pen-portrait of their loved-one so a description of their relative could be read out at the start of the inquest.

Mrs Hunt said she always spoke to the families before the lawyers to make sure they were okay and, if they were unrepresented, she made sure they understood exactly what was going on.

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Publication:Express and Star (Wolverhampton, England)
Date:Jun 14, 2019
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