Coroners Act 1988

  • repealed
  • Coroners Act 1988: repealed, on 1 July 2007, by section 143 of the Coroners Act 2006 (2006 No 38).
38 Solicitor-General may require inquest where new facts discovered
  • (1) If satisfied that since a coroner decided not to hold an inquest into a death new facts have been discovered that make it desirable to hold one, the Solicitor-General may order one to be held; and in that case an inquest shall be held.

    (2) If satisfied that since an inquest was completed new facts have been discovered that make it desirable to hold another, the Solicitor-General may order another to be held; and in that case another shall be held.

    (3) An order under this section shall be in writing and shall either—

    • (a) Specify the coroner who is to hold the inquest, and be served on that coroner; or

    • (b) Specify that it is to be held by a coroner (being a coroner who has not previously held an inquest into the death concerned) authorised by the Secretary, and be served on the Secretary, who shall serve it on the coroner authorised;—

    and, subject to section 36 of this Act, the inquest shall be held accordingly.

    (4) Subsections (1) and (2) of this section are subject to section 16 of this Act.

    This Act was repealed, as from 1 July 2007, by section 143 Coroners Act 2006 (2006 No 38). See section 144 of that Act for the transitional provisions.