71A Chief coroner may grant exemption from restrictions in section 71


A person may apply to the chief coroner for an exemption from the restrictions (specified in section 71(2)) applying to the publication of details of self-inflicted deaths.


On receiving an application under subsection (1), the chief coroner—


must, so far as practicable, give priority to the consideration of the application; and


may request advice from the suicide and media expert panel established under section 116A; and


may request further information from the applicant.


The chief coroner may grant an applicant an exemption from all or any of the restrictions in section 71(2) only if the chief coroner is satisfied that—


granting the exemption does not present an undue risk that other people will attempt to copy the behaviour of the dead person concerned; and


any risk that people will attempt to copy the behaviour of the dead person concerned is outweighed by other considerations that make it desirable, in the public interest, to allow the publication of the details.


To ensure an application is dealt with promptly, the chief coroner may carry out any communications necessary for processing the application in person or by way of remote access (such as by telephone, video, or Internet link).


The chief coroner must keep a written record of—


every application received under subsection (1); and


whether the chief coroner granted an exemption to the applicant under subsection (3); and


the reasons in each case for granting, or declining to grant, the exemption.

Section 71A: inserted, on 21 July 2016, by section 46 of the Coroners Amendment Act 2016 (2016 No 29).