This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
These regulations, which come into force on 29 June 2007, amend the Coroners (Fees) Regulations 1992 (the principal regulations) to increase certain fees payable to coroners (other than those paid by salary rather than fee, under regulation 11 of the Coroners Regulations 1989).
The items affected are shown in the following table:
|Item for which fee payable (and provision of principal regulations)||Previous fee||New fee|
|Deciding, after receiving a report of a death, not to make further inquiries or examination into or concerning the death (r 2(2)(a))||80.00||100.00|
|Deciding, not to hold, not to open, or not to resume, an inquest (r 2(2)(b))||150.00||190.00|
|Completing an inquest lasting for less than 2 hours (r 2(2)(c))||400.00||450.00|
|Completing an inquest lasting for 2 hours or more, a fee calculated at the rate specified for every half-hour or part thereof the inquest lasted (r 2(2)(d))||75.00||95.00|
|In the case of an inquest into 2 or more deaths, for each death in addition to the first one (r 2(2)(e))||250.00||300.00|
|Taking evidence on behalf of another coroner, in respect of every inquest (r 2(2)(f))||80.00||100.00|
The Coroners Act 2006 (the new Act), which comes into force on 1 July 2007, provides a new coronial system for investigations of deaths. The Coroners (Pathologists Fees) Regulations 2007 (made under the new Act) will revoke the principal regulations on 1 July 2007. Despite that, provision is made in the new Act to enable coroners appointed under the Coroners Act 1988 to continue in office to complete cases opened under that Act. Coroners undertaking the work necessary to complete those cases will, if paid by fee, be paid under the principal regulations as amended by these regulations or, if paid by salary, be paid under regulation 11 of the Coroners Regulations 1989.