All change in the coroner's courts - new decision changes approach to suicide conclusion

The High Court in a seminal decision has changed our thinking on the standard of proof required for a conclusion of suicide, whether recorded in short-form or as a narrative statement.

Instead of the criminal standard of proof, we should use the civil standard of the balance of probabilities going forward – on the basis that such a conclusion should only be reached if there is sufficient evidence to justify it.

To learn more about the decision of the High Court in R (Maughan) v HM Senior Coroner Oxfordshire and others, head over to Serjeants’ Inn Chambers where you can read Bridget Dolan QC and Debra Powell QC’s erudite blog post: This was probably suicide: the criminal standard of proof is no longer required

Posted by


Mills & Reeve Sites navigation
A tabbed collection of Mills & Reeve sites.
My Mills & Reeve navigation
Subscribe to, or manage your My Mills & Reeve account.
My M&R


Register for My M&R to stay up-to-date with legal news and events, create brochures and bookmark pages.

Existing clients

Log in to your client extranet for free matter information, know-how and documents.


Mills & Reeve system for employees.