This Act received Royal Assent on 12 November 2009 but awaits implementation. It creates a new national coroner service, led by a new chief coroner and system of secondary certification of deaths that are not referred to the coroner, covering burials and cremations.

The purpose of the Act is to establish more effective, transparent and responsive justice for victims, bereaved families and the wider public. The legislative changes are part of an overall reform package aimed at addressing weaknesses in the previous coroner and death certification systems identified in the Shipman enquiry.

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