Chambers v HM Coroner for Preston and West Lancashire

Coroner – Inquest. The claimant sought an order quashing the original inquest into her father's suicide in prison and directing the holding of a fresh one. The Administrative Court, in dismissing the application, held that the fact that the claimant had not been notified of the inquest did not vitiate the proceedings. Further, the scope of the coroner's inquiry had been sufficiently full, in particular, with respect to the management of the risk of suicide. The authorities did not support the contention that independent psychiatric evidence had to be called in every case of suicide in prison where there might be a mental health issue.

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