*R (on the application of Maughan) v Her Majesty's Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire

Coroner – Inquest. The standard of proof required for a conclusion of suicide, whether recorded in short-form or as a narrative statement, was the balance of probabilities, bearing in mind that such a conclusion should only be reached if there was sufficient evidence to justify it. Accordingly, the Divisional Court rejected the claimant's contention that a conclusion of suicide at an inquest required proof to the criminal standard, as the authorities relied on did not support it or did not correctly state the law.

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