Coroners' Recommendations and the Promise of Saved Lives

Coroners' Recommendations and the Promise of Saved Lives

Jennifer Moore

This is the first empirical law book to investigate coroners’ recommendations, and the extent of their impact and implementation. Based on an extensive study, the book analyses over 2000 New Zealand Coroners’ recommendations and includes more than 100 interviews and over 40 respondents to a survey, as well as Coroner’s Court findings and litigation from Canada, England, Ireland, Australia and Scotland. This timely book is an overdue investigation of the highly debated questions: do coroners’ recommendations save lives and how often are they implemented?

Chapter 2: Coronial jurisdictions

Jennifer Moore

Subjects: law - academic, constitutional and administrative law, health law, law and society, social policy and sociology, health policy and economics

Extract

Freckelton and Ranson have warned that evaluation of death investigation systems in different jurisdictions in order to identify a model system, may be difficult because of variations in organisational structures and professional bases across jurisdictions. This chapter does not attempt to repeat Freckelton and Ranson’s detailed discussion of Coroner’s Courts around the world. Rather, this chapter summarises the coronial systems in Australia, England, Scotland, Ireland, Canada and the United States in order to provide an international legal context for this book’s analysis of recommendations.

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