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New act ‘makes no difference to inquests’
11:00am Sunday 11th August 2013 in News
WORCESTERSHIRE’S coroner has assured residents they will see no difference to the inquest system despite national changes.
A new code of standards says inquests should be completed within six months, or as soon as is practical.
But hearings in Worcestershire, which take place at the Coroners Court in Stourport, take 15 weeks on average to complete; the national average being 27 weeks. The service is run by the county coroner, Geraint Williams, and Worcestershire County Council.
“The service exceeds the requirements of the new Act and both the council and I, whilst committed to continuing improvement, are confident the people of the county will see no difference in the quality of that service,” said Mr Williams.
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