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Coroners and Justice Act 2009

Type of Bill:
Government Bill
Jack Straw
Ministry of Justice
Lord Bach
Ministry of Justice

Progress of the Bill

Bill started in the House of Commons

  1. House of Commons
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  2. House of Lords
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  3. Consideration of Amendments
  4. Royal Assent

Act of Parliament

House Act Date
Commons Lords Amendment in Lieu, Insistence and Reasons | PDF version, 192KB 12.11.2009

Latest news on the Coroners and Justice Act 2009

Following agreement by both Houses on the text of the Bill it received Royal Assent on 12 November.

The Bill is now an Act of Parliament (law).

Summary of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009

The introduction of this Bill follows a number of separate reviews of the law on coroners and justice.

Key areas

  • Reforms the law relating to death certification and coroners, requiring some inquests to be heard without a jury
  • Amends the defences of diminished responsibility and provocation in homicide cases
  • Simplifies language in the offence of assisting or encouraging suicide
  • Removes an exemption for ‘discussion or criticism’ in the new offence of inciting hatred on grounds of sexual orientation
  • Extends the law proscribing possession of child pornography to include non‑photographic images
  • Increases flexibility in the help given to vulnerable witnesses giving evidence
  • Changes rules on live links for defendants
  • Reforms the system of granting bail in murder cases
  • Makes changes to legal aid
  • Introduces measures to prevent offenders profiting from accounts of their crimes.
After the Committee Stage of the Bill, the Government made announcements in relation to two of the provisions in the Bill. It confirmed that clause 152 (now clause 154), which would enable Ministers to make information-sharing orders, would be withdrawn. It also announced the tabling of Government amendments for Report Stage to recast the provision which would exclude juries from some inquests.

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