This report covers the Chief Coroner’s work in 2015-16 but also throughout his term in office from 2012 to 2016. It is His Honour Judge Peter Thornton QC’s third and final report on the operation of the coroner service following implementation in July 2013 of the reforms under the 2009 Act and Rules and Regulations underpinning the 2009 Act. Judge Thornton’s term of office as Chief Coroner ends on 1 October 2016.
In particular the Chief Coroner’s report sets out:
- progress in promoting consistency in coroner practices across England and Wales
- guidance for coroners and the training he has facilitated for coroners and their officers, supported by stakeholder events for local authorities and bereavement support organisations
- positive developments
- issues of concern
- recommendations to improve coroner services further