9 Jul 2009 Posted in Press releases
- The Ministry of Law is proposing to enact a Coroners Bill on death reporting, investigation and Coroner’s Inquiries. The proposal for a dedicated Bill on coronial matters arose out of the review of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC), where the provisions on Coroner’s Inquiries are currently found.
- Broadly, the proposed Bill makes three key changes to the current system:
- The Coroners Inquiry will become a fact-finding inquiry. Currently, the Coroners Inquiry is a quasi-criminal one, where the Coroner is required not only to inquire into the facts and circumstances behind a death but to also identify if any person is criminally responsible for the death.
- It will facilitate more effective investigation into deaths where medical treatment or care is the suspected cause.
- The draft Bill will define the Coroner's jurisdiction and extend it in certain specific cases.
- The aim of these proposals is to update our coronial system and more clearly define its role so that it can better serve the public interest.
- The Ministry invites interested parties to provide their feedback on the draft Coroners Bill. The consultation period begins on 10 July 2009 and ends on 7 August 2009. The feedback may be sent in electronic or hard copy form to:
Legal Policy Division
Ministry of Law
100 High Street
#08-02, The Treasury
Fax: 6332 8842
Consultation paper on draft Coroners Bill (0.02MB)
Draft Coroners Bill (0.1MB)
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