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New Coroner's Act: Important Changes to Come into Force
A new coroner's act makes several important changes. The appointment of county or borough coroners and of their deputies or assistant deputies is restricted to lawyers or physicians of not less than five years' standing. The right of a coroner to hold an inquest without a jury is maintained, but the cases in which a coroner must summon a jury have been extended to include infanticide, death caused by an accident, poisoning or disease, notice of which is required to be given to a government department or inspector or under any act; death resulting from a street accident caused by the use of a vehicle, and where death has occurred in such circumstances that their continuance or recurrence is prejudicial to public health or safety. The coroner may also summon a jury in other cases if he thinks it necessary He
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