Recommendation 285

Avoiding bias in assistant deputy coroners

Accepted
The Chief Coroner should issue guidance on how to avoid the appearance of bias when assistant deputy coroners are associated with a party in a case.

The Chief Coroner will look carefully at the issue of bias, and the appearance of bias, and consider whether guidance or training by the Judicial College could be used to address these concerns.

Update

The current round of coroner continuation training and Chief Coroner guidance will cover the issue of bias.