Be careful how you express your opinions

An important point, and one for those in the field of inquests, particularly as the Northern Ireland High Court found in the matter of Downey involving concerns of coronial bias.

The matter involved a recusal application that was based on the Coroner having allegedly expressed a view on the applicability of the Article 2 issue before having received written submissions.

The decision is worthwhile reading, as it has clearly not been a straightforward decision for the High Court, with a number of wider learning points for inquest practitioners. Bridget Dolan QC of Serjeants’ Inn Chambers reviews the Downey decision in her latest blog, Coronial bias: A predisposition is not a predetermination. You can read her post here.

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