29 October

INQUEST has published the latest issue of Inquest Law magazine. The journal provides an overview of the issues arising from investigations and inquests into state related deaths, as well as relevant case law updates.

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In issue 39, the feature article by Pete Wetherby QC examines the public inquiry into the fatal police shooting of Anthony Grainger and the deeply critical report that came more than seven years after his death.

The case notes in this issue have two thematic focuses. Firstly, the year 2017 saw 11 deaths of people who had been detained under immigration powers, the highest annual number on record. Many of the inquests from this unprecedented rise in deaths have now taken place. Case notes on four of these inquests highlight fundamental failings in treatment and care of immigration detainees, and repeated issues with Home Office conduct both prior to deaths and during inquests.

Three case notes relate to the deaths of women killed by someone previously known to the police or under probation supervision. These inquests have performed a vital function in scrutinising the actions and inactions of the state, in the hope that future deaths can be prevented.

Published three times a year, Inquest Law is a vital resource for anyone working on the investigation of sudden deaths. Inquest Law is distributed widely amongst lawyers, coroners, academics and policy makers. 

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