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Coroner's Courts: A Guide to Law and Practice Hardcover – 26 Apr 1999

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (26 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471967211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471967217
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.1 x 9.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,097,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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No serious practitioner of coroners law should fail to read this accurate exposition of the modern law from a repected full time coroner...flows easily, holding the readers interest and attention. The summary of principal points at the end of each chapter is a useful addition. (science & justice, vol44 iss4)

No one whose work takes them into the coroners courts can afford to be without a copy...finely detailed but at all times lucid and accessible. (New Law Journal.)

Christopher Dorries has written a comprehensive text covering the work of the coroner and relevant law. His style is easy to read and entertaining, with detailed references to relevent statute and case law. The book will be especially useful to those in contact with the coroner, whether a doctor reporting a death, or those more directly involved with inquests and post-mortems. (Dr Clive Saffer)

...This book is both useful and a genuinely good read and I can thoroughly recommend it. (The Bulletin of the Royal College of Pathologists.)

..This should be compulsory reading for all police officers and doctors...this books great virtue is it's rigorous will become a classic I will not be going to an inquest without it. (Charles Foster, Barrister, 6 Pump Court.) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Christopher Dorries is full-time coroner for the Western district of South Yorkshire and a qualified solicitor. One of only 26 full-time coroners, he has a particular interest in developing understanding of the coroner's role amongst the medical profession, lawyers, and others. He lectures regularly on the role of the coroner, referral of deaths, and drugs issues. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Mar. 2003
Format: Hardcover
Dorries' book is an excellent working text for all those who come into contact with the Cornoner's Courts. Well laid out, accurate information is presented in a readable format and is sufficiently comprehensive for most occasions. Those who need to delve into the law more deeply will still need to rely on Jervis, but this book does not pretend to be the leading text - it is more of a handbook for users. Particularly recommended for doctors, the police, for lawyers advising in straightforward matters, and for members of the public who need to find out more about the role and limitations of the Coroner. It does not yet deal with the significant changes in the Coroner's jurisdiction dealing with institutional neglect, brought about by the lead cases of Amin and Middleton in 2002, but it is to be hoped that Chris Dorries will keep this useful book up to date in years to come.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark & Louisa on 23 May 2010
Format: Hardcover
There is very little written on the English coronial system, less still that includes a comprehensive review of process, procedure and law. All too often, texts like this one can be dry, turgid and inaccessible, making them less useful to anyone not already versed in the practice of the law.

While clearly primarily aimed at those who work within the system, and I would expect primarily at the 'Coroners Officer', this book is accessible to all and has proven of great value while navigating the legalities of a difficult situation already laden with complex subject matter that none of us what to have to deal with ever, less still uneducated and ill informed.

If you find yourself new to the Croners system whether by way of a sad personal loss, or as a professional, this book can at least promise to make the inner working of the system more transparent, the basis of decision making more clear and the process more understandable.

It is worth noting that the law has changed since the book was written, but that the new legislation is not planned to be implemented until 2012, during which time the book remains very much current. Even afterwards, the scope of the new law goes much more to complaints and governance thsn the fundamentals and so the book will likely continue to be very relevant.
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