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The Coroners Rules 1984

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. PART I GENERAL

    1. 1.Citation and commencement

    2. 2.Interpretation

    3. 3.Revocations and application

  3. PART II AVAILABILITY OF CORONER

    1. 4.Coroner to be available at all times

  4. PART III POST-MORTEM EXAMINATIONS

    1. 5.Delay in making post-mortem to be avoided

    2. 6.Medical practitioner making post-mortem

    3. 7.Coroner to notify persons of post-mortem to be made

    4. 8.Persons attending post-mortem not to interfere

    5. 9.Preservation of material

    6. 10.Report on post-mortem

    7. 11.Premises for post-mortems

  5. PART IV SPECIAL EXAMINATIONS

    1. 12.Preservation of material

    2. 13.Report on special examination

  6. PART V BURIAL ORDERS

    1. 14.Issue of burial order

    2. 15.Burial order where certificate for disposal of body issued

  7. PART VI INQUESTS

    1. 16.Formality

    2. 17.Inquest in public

    3. 18.Days on which inquest not to be held

    4. 19.Coroner to notify persons of inquest arrangements

    5. 20.Entitlement to examine witnesses

    6. 21.Examination of witnesses

    7. 22.Self-incrimination

    8. 23.Adjournment where inspector or representative of enforcing authority etc. is not present

    9. 24.Notice to person whose conduct is likely to be called in question

    10. 25.Adjournment where person whose conduct is called in question is not present

    11. 26.Request by chief officer of police for adjournment

    12. 27.Request by Director of Public Prosecutions for adjournment

    13. 28.Coroner to adjourn in certain other cases

    14. 29.Coroner to furnish certificate after adjournment

    15. 30.Coroner's interim certificate of the fact of death

    16. 31.Coroner to furnish certificate stating result of criminal proceedings

    17. 32.Effect of institution of criminal proceedings

    18. 33.Coroner to notify persons as to resumption of, and alteration of arrangements for, adjourned inquest

    19. 34.Recognizance of witness or juror becoming void

    20. 35.Coroner to notify Crown Court officer of adjournment in certain cases

    21. 36.Matters to be ascertained at inquest

    22. 37.Documentary evidence

    23. 38.Exhibits

    24. 39.Notes of evidence

    25. 40.No addresses as to facts

    26. 41.Summing-up and direction to jury

    27. 42.Verdict

    28. 43.Prevention of similar fatalities

  8. PART VII SUMMONING OF JURORS AND EXCUSAL FROM JURY SERVICE

    1. 44.Summoning of jurors

    2. 45.Method of summoning

    3. 46.Notice to accompany summons

    4. 47.Withdrawal or alteration of summons

    5. 48.Summoning in exceptional circumstances

    6. 49.Excusal for previous jury service

    7. 50.Certificate of attendance

    8. 51.Excusal for certain persons and discretionary excusal

    9. 52.Discharge of summons in case of doubt as to capacity to act effectively as a juror

    10. 53.Saving for inquests held by the coroner of the Queen's household

  9. PART VIII RECORDS, DOCUMENTS, EXHIBITS AND FORMS

    1. 54.Register of deaths

    2. 55.Retention and delivery or disposal of exhibits

    3. 56.Retention and delivery of documents

    4. 57.Inspection of, or supply of copies of, documents etc

    5. 58.Deputy or assistant deputy to sign documents in own name

    6. 59.Transfer of documents etc. to next-appointed coroner

    7. 60.Forms

  10. Signature

  11. SCHEDULES

    1. SCHEDULE 1

      REVOCATIONS

    2. SCHEDULE 2

    3. SCHEDULE 3

    4. SCHEDULE 4

      FORMS

  12. Explanatory Note

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