My 13 year twitterversary

Hello, so this week Twitter sent me a tweet, to tell me I’d been here for 13 years and it got me thinking and I thought I’d do a little recap. So just over 13 years ago I’d been to something called the @TheDoLectures, I was gifted a place. Look them up, they’re fabulous, it […]

Exercising judicial discretion and the emergence of common sense

I’m going to try and keep this brief, a feat I rarely manage. Two weeks ago I had to travel from Devon to Kent to report on the third pre-inquest review hearing into the death of Sammy Alban-Stanley. I say I had to, I had applied to the court to attend via audio link and […]

What is the point of inquests? Performing prevention?

This question from Liz this morning has resulted in my finishing this blog, I’ve less rage than yesterday and was going to leave it but I’ve so many half finished posts I decided to crack on or it might never see the light of day. Liz’s question is the ultimate one, and one I ask […]

Inquisitorial trauma

There is currently an inquiry into the Coroner Service being conducted by the Justice Committee of Parliament. A call for written evidence closed at the start of this month. I submitted a response sharing some of my thoughts as a result of my #OpenJustice work, my WCMT Fellowship and the impact I’ve seen the coronial […]

Crowdfunded #OpenJustice 2018-19

Last year, at the conclusion of the HSE prosecution of Southern Health I had a number of conversations with people about crowdfunding my open justice work longer term. It was suggested that some people might be prepared to pay an amount monthly to help out with my costs and to cover my time. As uncomfortable […]

Live tweeting inquests and chasing open justice

It’s been a couple of months since I’ve blogged and I’ve yet to venture onto twitter personally this year. Indeed I’ve sent a grand total of 5 tweets, all from @JusticeforCol and the last one said We'll not live tweet today, will be dealt with ahead of inquest in March #JusticeforCol — JusticeforCol (@JusticeforCol) January […]

Dying for a wank

This week the inquest into the death of Danny Tozer concluded in York. The coroner found that Danny died as a result of an epileptic seizure that led to a cardiac event, that in turn starved his brain of oxygen. Danny’s death was classified as SUDEP – sudden unexplained death in epilepsy. The coroner found […]

Live tweeting inquests and tribunals – 10 top tips of learning so far #JusticeforLB

In two days time I’ll be back at Oxford Crown Court with the #JusticeforLB crew, waiting for the Honourable Mr Justice Stuart-Smith to pass down his sentence to Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust after the Health and Safety Executive prosecuted them in relation to the deaths of Teresa Colvin and Connor Sparrowhawk. You can catch up […]

Unofficial #NHS guide to all things inquest

Alternative title, not to be used publicly: how to protect your reputation at all costs When a patient dies  Don’t bother apologising or the family might get the wrong idea and try to sue us. Assign as much as possible to ‘natural causes’, especially if they’re using mental health services, have a physical disability or are learning […]